The letters about Windows versus Linux total cost of ownership (TCO) keep coming in! We lead the seventh installment of your letters on the Linux vs. Windows TCO debate with a reader asking where the Windows supporters are hiding. We don't know where they are, but we're pretty sure they have e-mail accounts -- they're just not sending us many Windows love letters. Compiled below are comments from a few Windows supporters.
Dear Windows-philes: We know you're out there, so type us a note about why you like Microsoft's OS. (See e-mail address at bottom.)
Plea for Windows supporters
Submitted by Rodd Clarkson
I've just read your Microsoft versus Linux TCO series. It's interesting to note that Microsoft is really struggling to get any support from the readers, particularly because your main readership has a Windows perspective.
I'm assuming that the letters posted are a sample of the comments coming in, and parts 4 and 5 amazed me because there is not a single letter in support of Windows. And after reading part 4, it seems nobody has much faith in what Microsoft is trying to say.
Once bitten twice shy, I guess.
You want Windows supporters, you got'em
Submitted by Frank Looper
I'd have to agree the TCO for most Windows server applications is lower than Linux.
I can't find enough guys around that are good at Linux, and when I do, they're usually anti-social or prohibitively expensive.
On the other hand, MCSE folks are coming out of the woodwork, and each is vying with the other for every available job opening. Some are good, some are bad, but I have a larger, less expensive pool to pick from.
Barriers to Linux
Submitted by Alex Angus
The only reason we are not moving away from Microsoft is because of the development environment. I would move all my clients to Linux if more development tools were available and the learning curve not too steep.
Microsoft can argue for lower TCO because of these unknown factors. The more developers in the Linux world, the harder it will be for Microsoft to survive. It is just that the pace is frustrating.
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