Open Source Ascendant - Editorial - CIO
Interesting article about Linux cost savings. After reading the article, I'm very skeptical of the stated cost savings when compared to Unix. Red Hat Enterprise support is at least as expensive as Sun and HP (More in some cases). I think the author either didn't get the details or ignored them. The word free was used by the CIO of this company a couple of times. OSS does not mean free. And Redhat certainly is not. Hardware is pretty competitive among all the vendors, so I don't see a lot of potential savings there either unless you were comparing a Sunfire 15k against a Dell pizza box. I'm a fan of Open-Source but not a fan of unrealistic expectations or exaggerated cost savings.
The Open-Source movement definitely deserves credit for driving down the cost of more traditional Unix vendors. But the costs are now very competitive. A quick survey of the major players will show that it is a wash in most cases. Unless of course you are downloading a free Linux distribution and not buying support. Good luck with that.