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Linux costs 40% of MS and 14% of Sun a three year study littleman
Most of the savings with Linux come from software licensing fees. Companies will typically purchase commercial versions of Linux for pilot projects, says Robert Frances Group senior research analyst Chad Robinson, and download free versions off the Web for production deployments. the news artical [ linuxtoday.com]
Much more telling is the
PDF file outlining the study [ ibm.com].
Three-year total costs of owner deployment were as follows: Case Year 1 Year 2 Linux $49,931 $62,203 Solaris $421,718 $491,619 Windows $91,724 $141,193 Linux was the least expensive plat and operate. Although some init higher at points, the ability to mas product horizontally without pay licensing fees can yield significan over the long term.
Think I'll grab that PDF for a little light reading on the flight over for PubCon ;)