Tuesday, May 04, 2004

WSJ.com - Red Hat Unveils Linux for Desktops

WSJ.com - Red Hat Unveils Linux for Desktops "In a sign that demand is growing for alternatives to Microsoft Corp.'s Windows software, Red Hat Inc. is releasing a version of the Linux operating system and other programs tailored for desktop computers in corporations, universities and government agencies.
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Mr. Szulik said Red Hat Desktop is less expensive to administer and more secure than Microsoft's offerings. It will cost on average about $5 a month per machine, with additional support services available, he said."

Ahh, so "second generation open source" apparently costs more than traditional commercial software. ($5 * 12 months > annual Windows licensing per enterprise desktop in many cases, I suspect, especially averaged out over several years)
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