[NEWS] Microsoft: Windows and Linux offer same TCO in emerging markets - Linux

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  1. [NEWS] Microsoft: Windows and Linux offer same TCO in emerging markets

    http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=1606
    "The blog entry about the 34-page report comes just days after Microsoft
    announced that Peru had become the first customer to take shipment of One
    Laptop Per Child (OLPC) XO machines preloaded with Windows XP. Microsoft
    finalized the testing and development of its port of XP to the OLPC earlier
    this summer."

  2. Re: [NEWS] Microsoft: Windows and Linux offer same TCO in emerging markets

    On Thu, 25 Sep 2008 19:56:42 +0200, Clogwog wrote:

    > http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=1606
    > "The blog entry about the 34-page report comes just days after Microsoft
    > announced that Peru had become the first customer to take shipment of One
    > Laptop Per Child (OLPC) XO machines preloaded with Windows XP. Microsoft
    > finalized the testing and development of its port of XP to the OLPC earlier
    > this summer."
    >

  3. Re: Microsoft: Windows and Linux offer same TCO in emerging markets

    On Sep 25, 1:56*pm, "Clogwog" wrote:
    > http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=1606
    > "The blog entry about the 34-page report


    A report funded by Microsoft, reviewed by Microsoft, with changes
    recommended or requested by Microsoft. Obviously Microsoft got the
    changes it wanted or they wouldn't be on record as funding it.

    > comes just days after Microsoft
    > announced that Peru had become the
    > first customer to take shipment of One
    > Laptop Per Child (OLPC) XO machines
    > preloaded with Windows XP.


    So the Vital_Wave report was done without actual studies of actual
    deployments of Windows XP on OLPC. They simply ASSUMED that an OLPC
    running on Windows would cost exactly the same as an OLPC running
    Linux, that the standard OLPC would have exactly the same
    functionality with Linux or Windows.

    Yet experience has shown that Linux requires less hardware (RAM, ROM,
    CPU speed, Storage), provides more functionality (Full open office vs
    works - a minimally functional version of Office).

    It's pretty obvious that they didn't even actually do real tests with
    real equipment configured as it would actually be used in the class-
    room.

    Other assumptions were based on those original assumptions, for
    example, they assumed that both would take the same amount of hardware
    and would therefore burn the same amount of electricity. Yet XP takes
    longer to boot, requires more memory, and requires more storage. This
    increases the power consumption requirements.

    They also assumed that Linux support staff would be more expensive.

    Yet experience has shown that, for a given level of support, the costs
    of Linux support are lower, because one Linux administrator can manage
    more systems, and can do more to make sure that problems are resolved
    and don't recur.

    > Microsoft finalized the testing and development
    > of its port of XP to the OLPC earlier this summer."
    >

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