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The Mighty Unkel!!!
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Look Look .. microsoft comparing windows with Linux/Unix :D and I beleive this is in the right section.

Some quotes from the site.
Total Cost of Ownership
Red Hat Enterprise Linux
How can “free” be this expensive?
Red Hat’s business is based on annual subscriptions for OS support—you pay a subscription for every server, every year. And, if you want 24/7 support, you’ll pay more.

Did you know?
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Advanced costs $2,499 per server per year without add-on features, like an application server and clustering.

Windows Server
Reduced downtime and better manageability mean lower TCO
Research consistently shows that the two biggest cost components of TCO are:
The staffing costs associated with ongoing management and maintenance—60 percent of TCO
Downtime—15 percent of TCO
These 2 cost areas represent 75 percent of TCO over a 3-year period. In comparison, software acquisition costs represent 7 percent of TCO over that same period. See IDC’s market research on TCO.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Empirical evidence that the ‘everyone can see the code’ approach to software security doesn't work for Red Hat
Over the first 650 days of product life for Windows Server 2003, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, Windows Server 2003 had 75 percent fewer published vulnerabilities.

“Although it’s still often used as an argument, it seems quite clear to me that the “many eyes” argument, when applied to security, is not true.”
— Ben Laurie, Director of Security, Apache Foundation

Did you know?
In 2006, the Average Days of Risk for Windows Server vulnerabilities was 61 percent lower than for Novell Enterprise and 73 percent lower than for Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Windows Server
A comprehensive approach to security: quality software, proactive security management, and innovative technologies
The Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) was developed by Microsoft to provide a rigorous engineering process for developing secure code. This process includes the development of threat models during software design, the use of static analysis code-scanning tools during implementation, and the conducting of code reviews and security testing during a focused "security push." Before software subject to the SDL can be released, it must undergo a Final Security Review by a team independent from its development group.

IT organizations are in the best position to deliver secure solutions by utilizing a quality, innovative technology platform, like Windows Server, and establishing proactive security management processes.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Open Standards ≠ Open Source
Open Source is a software development and distribution model, which does not equate to how easily the software interoperates with other software or how open or standardized the interfaces are.

“With enough development effort, you can make just about any technology work with any other technology, however, with Microsoft products, we get a fast, cost-effective path to interoperability.”
—Rim Kadi, American University of Beirut

Windows Server
Interoperability by design
Microsoft approaches interoperability by design which strives for greater ‘out of the box’ connectivity for customers and partners.

Interoperability by design entails not only engineering excellence in our products, but also includes collaborating with customers, partners, and competitors; providing access to our technologies through licensing and translation tools; and engaging in standards-setting activities.




Tux Fan
Um, if you did not notice, that comparison is on microsoft's site. Obiously they are not going to include their negetive points like:

What they they never tell you:
1> A significant % of system resources will be used to power windows, the OS. Linux/unix servers are inherently more efficient.
2> A windows server is only good for very large sites which are maintained by trained professionals, so obiously the do not need 24/7 tech support. That cost becomes virtually 0$.
3> Besides, for start ups/SOHO's the initial cost of a liscense on the OS itself is the biggest hurdle, coz you have just spent $$$ on your hardware. If your not a small bussiness than a> you will have much more qualified advisors and you will not be reading this b> read 2
4> Security.......ha ha ha.
5> The comparison is old. Fortunately Linux evolves faster than windows does; so the shootout is virtually obsolete.

Necase, most servers on the web run linux.
So, if a fly flies, then it must be flying. ;)
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