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Doubts cast on Yankee Linux-Windows TCO survey

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Doubts have emerged about a recent survey by a US research group, which claimed that if most mid-sized or large organisations moved from Windows to Linux it would be "prohibitively expensive, extremely complex and time consuming, and wou�ÑDàot provide any tangible business gains for the organisation."

At the time the Yankee Group made its findings publicly known, it made no mention of the fact that the survey had been done in association with Sunbelt Software, a Windows NT/2K/XP Tools Provider.

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It now turns out that Sunbelt publicised the survey on February 16 through an online newsletter, W2KNews, which it runs.

The survey was done through an online form, which is not a medium known to generate reliable data. It's all multiple choice and takes less than 5 minutes.

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