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Microsoft's Linux ad 'misleading'

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Microsoft has been reprimanded over misleading advertising by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).
The UK watchdog upheld complaints about a magazine advert which claimed that the open-source operating system Linux was more expensive than Windows.

Referring to research, it read: "Linux was found to be over 10 times more expensive than Windows Server 2003".

The ASA concluded that the comparison was misleading because the operating systems ran on different hardware

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Re:Microsoft's Linux ad 'misleading'

This could really be taken two ways.

1. Linux is cheaper up front and along the way if you know how to use it. You dont necasarily need the latest hardware to run it, and if you know what you are doing it only costs the hardware.

2. On the other hand if you have always used windows and you put in a Linux server without knowing about the in's and out's of running it you could very well run up quite a bill with a technician you hire to set-up and configure it.

One guy i used to work for had a client who knew how to use windows but decided it was to costly to update and decided to go to windows, they ended up spending about 3 times what the windows upgrade would have cost on support and set-up for their linux server over a 2 year period. The case is that the only thing would have been the initial purchase price of windows, he could have done the set0up and support himself. But he didnt know anything about Linux and had to pay to have to fixed every time something went wrong.

I carnt confirm that it would be a similar scenario but i would expect that installing linux as a Desktop OS for a regular end user would result in higher support costs as well, plus higher training costs as very few end users that are not IT professionals have much knowledge about linux if they even know about it.

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Re:Microsoft's Linux ad 'misleading'

Nice comparison, I really like it, and will consider it properly.
Regards

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Re:Microsoft's Linux ad 'misleading'
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orion_joel wrote:I would expect that installing linux as a Desktop OS for a regular end user would result in higher support costs as well, plus higher training costs as very few end users that are not IT professionals have much knowledge about linux if they even know about it.

I can see where you're coming from. I'd hate to set my family up with linux based systems entirely because the initial 'how do I do x' period. I'd have to be everywhere at once explaining how things worked to people. Aside that, I'd expect that to change once people became comfortable with their systems.

In five or so years experience using Windows, it breaks in the strangest of ways when you least expect it. Most of the time it's flawless, but when it does muck up, it's just silly... And if you don't know what you're doing, you do need to call a technician.
In a little more than a year of Linux use, it just doesn't break in the same way, even when you're deliberately trying to break it. :-P I hate to sound the zealot, but once Linux is set up, it's a lot more reliable to run than Windows (In my experience.) Of course, that doesn't mean you won't need to call a technician once in a while, I suppose.

Now I'm just rambling, you'll have to excuse me. It's half past six in the morning, and I haven't been to sleep yet. Oh, and it's good to see someone else from Brisbane, orion_joel. :-)

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