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September 7, 2006

SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 undercuts Vista hard

by @ 2:19 pm. Filed under General SUSE, SUSE News

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is my hero. He does some really great pieces. I tend to agree with him a very large part of the time. Which makes sense, because we are both right. 🙂

In his latest bit, he compares the Vista trainwreck to the better SLED 10 alternative.

Excerpt:

“So, bottom line time, it will cost you $724 per PC to upgrade to Vista. Or, you could pay $170 per PC to get SLED. That’s a savings of $554 per user desktop.

“Now, you could argue that you can do better with Vista pricing than that, and the like. I won’t argue with you. You can also drop the software costs of everything on the Linux side to zero. How? By firing your MCSE (Microsoft Certified Software Engineer) IT staffer and replacing him with a NLCE (Novell Certified Linux Engineer) professional and switching over to openSUSE 10.1 and using purely open-source solutions. When it comes to software and IT costs, there are almost endless variables. One thing, though, is certain: the upfront costs of a Linux desktop are far lower than Vista’s price-tag.”

Check out the entire article here.

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