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Microsoft vs Linux - the Empire strikes back?

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Some time has passed since I last revisited the titanic struggle between the "Open Force" (or is that open source) and the Empire, loosely known as Microsoft.

Since then we've had a new Star Wars movie and a total cost of ownership argument from Gartner has proved compelling enough for Lord Vader to decide that when it comes to provisioning something as large as a Death Star, Windows offers a pretty decisive advantage.

In fact, the Star Wars saga offers a better metaphor for the struggle between Windows and the open source - principally Linux - movement than you might think, as this is a story which pits two conflicting ideologies against each other and which looks set to run for multiple episodes and see victories for both sides, for many years to come.

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