Unbending the Truth:
Things Microsoft Hopes You Won't Notice
Recently Microsoft has been challenging the suitability of Linux for the enterprise, bending the truth quite a bit to make it fit their view of the world. This site is dedicated to unbending the truth and setting the record straight. Take the time to explore the facts, and you'll understand why Microsoft is challenging Linux, and why Linux is often a better choice than Windows for satisfying the business needs of enterprises.
- Why Linux is a Better Choice than Windows
Let's take a look at critical issues such as Security, Performance, Patching, Total Cost of Ownership, Patents, and Reliability.
- Things Microsoft Failed to Mention
Microsoft's "Get the Facts" Web site offers glowing excerpts from various reports they have commissioned, but Microsoft fails to mention the strengths of Linux cited in these same reports.
- We've Reached the Linux Tipping Point
Here are some excerpts from recent news stories highlighting the rapid adoption of Linux in the enterprise.
- It's all about Choice
Users want choice - they no longer want to be locked in to a single vendor's product offerings for either hardware or software. Locked-in users have much less influence on their suppliers. Here are some excerpts from new articles illustrating this point.
- Why Choose Novell for Linux?
With Novell, enterprises can deploy Linux and open source solutions with complete confidence.
Linux can deliver a lower TCO, it is arguably more secure than Windows, and the indemnification program and patents Novell offers for its open source products provide comprehensive protection for customers who wish to make the leap to Linux. We invite you to read the full reports for yourself, and see why Linux is gaining more and more fans every day.
Linux is the fastest growing operating system, used from desktops to the most demanding data centers. According to IDC reports, Linux enjoyed year-to-year growth of nearly 50% in 2003. By 2008, they estimate that 29% of all servers will run Linux, and they project a 44% compound annual growth rate in Linux desktops.
According to an Information Week survey, Linux is now the dominant manifestation of open source. Nearly 70 percent of 420 business-technology professionals surveyed already use the operating system. Three-quarters of those using Linux on some of their companies' servers chose it for its performance capabilities and reliability.
If the world were as Microsoft states, Linux would not be the world's fastest growing operating system, ISVs would not be writing to it in ever increasing numbers, partners would not be looking to sell it, and Microsoft would not have put a revenue caution related to Linux in their latest SEC filing. These, however, are the real facts.
Customers making any purchase to run a business–be it technology or other equipment– need to make decisions on an individual basis, taking into account their specific needs. This holds true for the purchase decision of Linux and OSS. In some instances, it may not make sense to implement Linux or OSS for certain parts of a business while it is a perfect fit in other areas. Just make sure you rely on all the facts to make an educated decision–not on rhetoric from vendors trying to spread FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) in the marketplace.
Go here to see an interesting analysis on some key problems with the most recent Yankee Group TCO study.
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