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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All I indicated is that maintaining Linux servers requires less manpower than maintaining Windows servers, and extrapolating that one could expect the same thing on the desktop - something which I, as a "family/friends support" technician, can very well attest to.

The fact that you quickly changed the subject to applications availability tells me that you've basically conceded that point...

I'll add a precision to what you said: you don't need the exact same applications on Linux, you need applications that can do the same thing you need. After all, companies do switch from one app to the other even when they stay after Windows (like when we switched from Outlook to Lotus Notes).

Will this suit every company? Of course not, but it doesn't need to. The fact that the MS apologists have renewed their usual FUD with extra vigour is a good indication that Novell indeed represents a threat to Redmond's quasi-monopoly.

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