Linux uses 12 percent less power than Windows 2008, study finds

If you want to save money on rising energy costs, your best bet may well be Linux.

Network World ran a series of independent tests and discovered that Red Hat Enterprise Linux uses 12 percent less power than Windows Server 2008. The greener operating system by a significant margin? Linux.

As with any benchmarking test, "your mileage may vary" but it's consistent with other findings that Linux is the greener operating system .

So, if you want to save money on rising energy costs, your best bet may well be Linux. Freedom and cost savings...all in one little penguin.

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    Matt Asay is chief operating officer at Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Prior to Canonical, Matt was general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, an open-source applications company. Matt brings a decade of in-the-trenches open-source business and legal experience to The Open Road, with an emphasis on emerging open-source business strategies and opportunities. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mjasay.

     

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