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[News] Free Software Saves Money and Gains Thanks to Economy

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No license payments lure, as open source on the rise! 

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| The absence of upfront license payments is the main driver in open source 
| adoption, along with the lower costs of total ownership, for companies in the 
| European market despite lingering market concerns about the level of software 
| support and the quality of open source software.    



Interactive Ideas gets a lift from Linux sales

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| It expects to record turnover of £16m for its financial year to 30 April ­
| double the £8m sales it rang up two years ago. Linux sales, which represent
| its largest revenue stream, rose 65 per cent year-on-year.


Linux vendors trumpet cost savings

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| Microsoft's Windows Server revenue is down 29 percent. Meanwhile, Novell's
| and Red Hat's Linux businesses are thriving.


How is it measured ?

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|     Estimated sales blah blah blah. How do they estimate ? My company buys
|     servers from Dell, after they arrive some get Windows and some get Red
|     Hat Linux. We don't tell Dell what they are being used for.
|     All of them come with a Windows image preloaded, which is erased no
|     matter what OS we put on top. Is that counted as a Windows sale ?
|     If the answer to that question is "yes", then the estimate (for us) is
|     out by about 75%, since of the ones coming in about 75% are used for
|     linux. What if everyone does that ? What if no one does that ? What is
|     some people do that ?


Ballmer Still Searching for an Answer to Google

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| "Forty percent of servers run Windows, 60 percent run Linux," he said. "How
| are we doing? Forty is less than 60, so I don't like it. ... We have some
| work to do."

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