Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Jan 2007 16:56 UTC, submitted by Robert
Novell and Ximian Novell might have signed a patent and interoperability deal with Microsoft Corp but it is not about to give up competing with the software giant and last week released a study that suggests its Linux desktop product is better value than Windows Vista. The company's competitive guide compares SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop with Windows Vista and claims that the Linux product provides 90% of Vista's functionality and 10% of the price.
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That depends on which study you read and whom it is sponsored or paid by.

IIRC, this was an independent study done a couple of years ago. It is also reflected by personal experience, as well as basically every sysadmin I've talked to. *nix servers are just more stable and easier to maintain.

As far as desktop goes, of course user training costs exist, but depending on the apps used they are minimal. In any case, there is always cost involved in any migration; the benefits are usually long-term, and some may be hard to quantify (such as freedom from Microsoft lock-in).

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