Software Briefs: Linux, Longhorn

Software Briefs: Linux, Longhorn

Analysts: Linux costs more than Windows

Linux costs more than Windows — that is the conclusion of the latest survey into the two operating systems, conducted by The Yankee Group. After researching IT managers and executives globally, analyst and author Laura DiDio said: “Corporate customers report Linux does indeed provide businesses with excellent performance, reliability, ease of use and security.” However, she said, “hype notwithstanding, Linux’ technical merits while first-rate, are equivalent but not superior to Unix and Windows Server 2003.” Just four per cent of Unix and 11 per cent of Windows businesses were to replace existing systems with Linux, the report said, and fewer than five per cent of companies said they would switch desktops to Linux from Windows. Companies were well aware that, though Linux was free or almost free to acquire, running costs were high, the study said.

Gates points to 2006 Longhorn release

Bill Gates has pointed to 2006 as the release year for the next version of Windows, code-named Longhorn. Speaking at an analyst conference, Gates stopped short of setting 2006 as the year for Longhorn, but said industry speculation that the operating system would come out in 2006 was “probably valid”. Gates also said that Microsoft (MS) would release an alpha version of Longhorn later this year. He did not mention the first beta version that MS earlier said it would deliver in 2004. An MS spokesperson said the company’s goal was still to come out with a Longhorn beta this year, but that it planned to release an updated alpha version of the operating system before then. This alpha version would be made available to software developers, but exactly how the company planned to distribute the software was yet to be decided, he said.

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