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Linux vs. Windows: TCO Comparison

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With no apologies to the partisans and protagonists on either side of the Linux-versus-Windows debate: It's not an either-or, all-or-nothing proposition.

There are technical and business advantages and disadvantages for both operating-system environments. Neither server system will consume the other. Both will coexist. The big question currently confronting corporate users is whether harmonious heterogeneity is possible.

It had better be. If it is not forthcoming, everyone -- corporate end users and vendors alike -- stands to lose.

Here's where things stand now: Microsoft's Windows commands 65 to 70 percent of the server operating system market, while the Linux Latest News about Linux share stands at 15 to 20 percent. Currently, Linux server shipments represent the fastest-growing segment of the market.

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