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Hardware savings exagerated.

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on August 19, 2003 11:59 PM
"If you can keep a machine running at acceptable levels of performance for three years rather than two, you've just saved 50% on hardware costs," McNutt says.


Actually the saving is only 33%. Over a 6 year period you would need to buy:
  • Windows, one computer every two years = 3 computers
  • Linux, one computer every three years = 2 computers.


By McNutt's logic, if you go a linux computer to last for 4 years you would be saving 100% and getting free hardware. And longer than that and computer companies would be paying you to take it off their hands.

I think it is a bit early to be predicting 20% desktop market share yet. Hopefully, but we will have to wait and see.

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