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Microsoft HPC claim: Windows is cheaper than Linux

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Microsoft has made some pretty bold claims about Linux throughout its longstanding love/hate (mostly hate) relationship with the open source operating system.

Complaints about Linux infringing on patents have been pretty commonplace. What you don't hear so often is Microsoft claiming that Windows is cheaper than Linux.

But that is exactly what Microsoft said Monday when it released Windows HPC Server 2008 R2, the latest version of its software for building high-performance computing clusters.

Microsoft: We love open source

"Recent research demonstrates that Windows HPC Server is 32 percent to 51 percent less expensive than Linux-based HPC systems over five years," Microsoft said in a press release.

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Uh Oh - those wacky ms spin doctors are at it again!

Microsoft sponsored studies are always comedy gold, and this one is no exception. Apparently they are quite frustrated by their complete impotence in the supercomputing market, and so they need a study showing some benefit to using microsoft windows for HPC.

Sure thing! so let's start with a flawed premise, and tilt the playing field until our sales pitch sounds like it might have some validity: Let's take a completely insane approach, something which none of the organizations in the top 500 have done (find the absolutely most expensive possible licencing arrangement for our supercomputing cluster) and let's try to fool everyone into thinking that's the typical route for linux shops.

They managed to get some expensive quotes for premium support on hundreds of copies of red hat enterprise, and then, comparing themselves to that nonsensical straw man, and with the aid of several other ridiculous assumptions on their part, they were able to position themselves as being less expensive - surprise, surprise!

Oops, don't spill the beans and let it leak out that no linux cluster in the top 500 was licensed using the ridiculously priced model microsoft tries to pawn off as typical.

Sorry microsoft, even a literate 10 year old could quickly see through this one. Your antics are always so sad, yet funny. I can't wait to hear your next tall tale!

re: spin

Luckily, Unoobtu and it's droolettes never resort to exaggeration (and out right lies) to make their point.

Oh wait - they do it ALL THE TIME.

It's called "marketing" and truth in advertising went out in the - well there never was truth in advertising - it's all about convincing you to part with your money, period.

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