ogletree - 12:22 am on Jun 22, 2004 (gmt 0)
When you deal in projects that big the overall cost is so complex to figure out that you can make either one look cheaper on paper. Also any incompetence can skew the number drastically. There is no way to really know what is cheaper in. The actual cost of the OS is a tiny part in the big picture. What you should really look at first is finding the right people to do a big project. Look at what it cost other people to do a large project that they did. The computer business is so fuzzy because of corruption, laziness, and incompetence. Nobody is out to save a buck overall. I have never met a computer guy that really knows what they are doing. Most of their "professional opinions" are based on biases and sometimes I just don't know where they come up with their reasoning behind things. It is never based on pure fact that is for sure. The computer industry has gone through a lot of trouble to make sure that everyone is confused so they can keep making more money. If somebody actually sat down and did some real unbiased studies they would be surprised on how much waste and stupidity there is out there. Most managers/decision makers are more interested in their country club lifestyle to be bothered with the details of their company and how it runs.