Total Cost of 0wnership

Recently, Microsoft has been funding studies comparing the TCO of Linux and Windows. Unsurprisingly, these tend to have favoured Windows – as one might expect, given their funding source.

But now, independent security consultants Immunity, Inc. have produced a study (top of the list) saying that Windows has around half of the Total Cost of 0wnership of Linux. I was initially highly sceptical of this but, after reading the report, I’d have to say that I’ve been won round. The evidence seems clear that 0wning Windows is easier and cheaper than Linux. And that’s not likely to change in the near future.

This finding obviously has serious ramifications for the Linux community, particularly as it becomes better known among businesses and the Fortune 500. I urge you all to read the report and comment as to what the next step should be.

4 thoughts on “Total Cost of 0wnership

  1. I’d been reading that report for about 5 minutes trying to understand what the heck they were talking about before it finally hit me that it’s a joke.

    A tad slow on the uptake.

  2. :-) I’d practically read the whole thing before I worked it out. I was just expecting a serious post from Gerv, and completely switched off my joke-spotting ability!

    Very funny study.

  3. Good one, the only way I knew it was a joke (having not read the entire thing) was seeing 0 instead of O (0wnership)…Excellent.