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    IT seems that Novell has now joined the "Windows is cheaper than Linux" choir.

    In a recent joint Novell/Microsoft press release, HSBC, which is a customer of joint technology from the two companies, claims that Windows has a lower total cost of ownership than Linux.

    In the release, Matthew O'Neill, group head of distributed systems for HSBC Global IT operations, states that the bank's existing Linux environment is more expensive to maintain than its Windows environment. "Some will be surprised to learn that our Windows environment has a lower total cost of ownership than our current Linux environment."

    HSBC claims it will achieve cost savings by reducing the number of Linux distributions it uses and by improving the interoperability of its open-source operating system deployments with Windows. "Our decision to simplify our mixed-source environment with Microsoft and Novell will allow us to reduce the cost and complexity," said O'Neill.

    This is a huge U-turn for Novell which used to claim that Microsoft was sucking cash away from innovative software projects. 

    Your Thoughts? 

    Saturday, March 17, 2007 11:45 AM

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  • thanks for such a nice piece of information.
    Saturday, March 17, 2007 7:07 PM
  • thanks
    Sunday, March 18, 2007 2:50 PM
  • thanks for the info  m8, windows is the right way to go :)
    Sunday, March 18, 2007 3:02 PM
  • Indeed a nice piece of information but i have a very bad habbit of questionning... most of the people must have realised it by now.. anyways what i want to know is that has anyone thought of it that how did he made this statement... well linux is an open source and free as compared to windows... now even if he tries to switch to windows, its going to cost a lot.. i think at this cost they can try to modify the linux itself as its an open source.. the benefits should be higher in linux... so what do you guys say about it??? you might disagree but than say it aloud.. we have to keep the discussion going...
    Monday, March 19, 2007 2:24 PM
  • i totally disagree with you.

    the reason is simple. it's very difficult to manage linux os as everything is in the form of scripts. even for installing something, you should know how to set the installation scripts for proper installation. moreover, very less GUI elements are provided for managing various servers of linux. to maintain them, you need to have special abilities and a really strong grasping power with sound fundamentals of linux os.

    it's very difficult to get persons for linux, as compared to windows. the management of windows servers is far more easy then linux machines. lot of GUI elements, wizards, etc are provided for easy management, moreover, its very easy to learn them.

    that's why, we can say that TCO increases for linux as compared to windows,  and thats why, i also think that windows is cheaper than linux, in almost all ways.

    Monday, March 19, 2007 8:10 PM