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Linux vendors trumpet cost savings

Microsoft may not like it, but Linux vendors are hyping cost advantages over Unix and Windows and it seems to be working.

While Microsoft has been advising open-source vendors not to focus on price as a primary competitive differentiator, the big Linux vendors--Red Hat, Novell (SUSE), and Canonical (Ubuntu)--apparently haven't received the memo. A quick look at their Web sites suggests that the Linux vendors want chief information officers to have their price tags top of mind.

Red Hat:



And even Oracle, which usually doesn't paint itself as the low-cost leader, is making the pitch:

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

Maybe the Linux vendors know something that Microsoft doesn't?

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