Good Morning Silicon Valley
Published: Wednesday August 18, 2004
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Independent research outfit actually Microsoft sock puppet
"Open source vendors are currently experiencing
more vulnerabilities and receiving more security
advisories than Microsoft." That's the rather
questionable conclusion of the report that led the London
Borough of Newham to sign a 10-year partnership agreement
with Microsoft. Prepared by professional services firm
Capgemini and funded by Microsoft, the "independent"
report found the total cost of migrating Newham's
existing IT operations onto a Microsoft platform was 68
percent lower than moving it to Linux. That's a fairly
astonishing metric, but one that I imagine is typical of
studies funded by their own subjects. No matter though,
the folks at Newham have apparently squeezed quite a deal
out of Microsoft and don't seem bothered by concerns over
the report's objectivity. Said Newham representative
Richard Steel: "We obviously recognize that you could
question the independence of a report funded by
Microsoft. It would be insane to claim otherwise."
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Good Morning Silicon Valley is written and edited with
the able assistance of John Murrell.
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