How useful are 'proprietary vs. open source' TCO studies?

Posted by dave on Apr 7, 2004 6:05 AM EDT
NewsForge; By Robin 'Roblimo' Miller
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We've all seen Microsoft's latest barrage of studies that say their products are more cost-effective than the competition. Naturally, many accuse Microsoft -- and other companies that publish outside studies that support their corporate goals -- of bias, if not outright deception. To get a little more insight into the value of TCO studies, we turned (via email) to David A. Wheeler, who has done more than a few software cost-comparisons himself, for advice about how much we should (and shouldn't) trust "sponsored" research.

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