Novell Whitepapers encourage Open Source over Microsoft

Novell has released a bunch of whitepapers in support of Open Source technologies over Microsoft products, hardly a surprise really but at least Novell outlines in it's documents why such a move would benefit you or your IT department. It outlines how SUSE Linux is more cost effective over Windows Vista and how Open Office is a good alternative to the Microsoft Office suite, mainly because it is free and can do just about all that its rival has to offer. The documents are all in PDF format, to read grab either Adobe PDF reader (free) or any other free alternative.

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So Novell wants you to stop using their competitor's product and switch to one that they support instead? Wow, that's pretty informative.

Everyone (except Novell, apparently) knows that Open Office offers a small fraction of the functionality of Microsoft Office. It's also been well-documented that Windows offers a better total cost of ownership than Linux.

Clearly someone forgot to Get The Facts before writing their whitepapers. Maybe they hired some guys from c|net to write them

C_Guy said,
Everyone (except Novell, apparently) knows that Open Office offers a small fraction of the functionality of Microsoft Office. It's also been well-documented that Windows offers a better total cost of ownership than Linux.

Clearly someone forgot to Get The Facts before writing their whitepapers. Maybe they hired some guys from c|net to write them ;)

Oh, for crying-out-loud! You surely know that there are documents showing TCO going both ways. To state that Windows is better than Linux as a blanket statement is wrong (as most blanket statements are).

And, for what Office is used for here where I work, OO.o would do just as well for every single person I know (except the one guy here who is a bit of VBA wiz).

"Get the Facts", indeed. Even Microsoft has abandoned that name, and switched it to "compare". Compare studies. Do you own legwork. Come up with your own conclusion. Using just "facts" from Microsoft will lead to into buying guess what products....? Yup. You got it.

C_Guy said,
Everyone (except Novell, apparently) knows that Open Office offers a small fraction of the functionality of Microsoft Office. It's also been well-documented that Windows offers a better total cost of ownership than Linux.

Even if OpenOffice.org offers only a fraction of what Microsoft Office can do, it is usually enough for most casual users and its free as well. The total cost of ownership also depends on what you use it for.