Get the Facts ?

c|net have an article talking about the UK advertising standards body warning Microsoft to get their facts straight over a Windows vs Linux campaign - here's the article

How credible do you think campaigns from Microsoft or other corporations are ? - and if you don't pay any attention to these then what sources do you use to "get your facts" ?

- Mike 

Comments (7)

  1. I haven’t used products, Microsoft or open source, as a business user, but as an end user/power user, I can definitely guarantee that Linux is cheaper in the short term. I’ve never really had subsequent outflows of money for Microsoft products so I can’t compare the long term. For support though, which is generally associated with the long term, it is much easier to get a satisfactory answer from the open source community than from Microsoft.

  2. Mike says:

    but that doesn’t answer the question, assume that Red Hat published an article stating that RHLinux was cheaper to install, maintain, etc… would you just believe it? – where would you go to get verification of the facts – do you just assume that any marketing campaign whether this be from Red Hat, Oracle, IBM, Microsoft, or other company has all the facts straight ?

    – Mike

  3. That’s the great things about facts, they can be used to support anything. For my workplace, Windows is definitely cheapers because there is no way I am going through a couple years of retraining and all the users through a few months of retraining (minimum) for near the price I pay for licensing. As for open source support, it tends to not be a reliable source for business purposes. I pay MS and they pay people to answer my questions. I post on a newsgroup and somebody may give me an answer which may be applicable to my distro if it is correct in the first place.

    This is getting off your questions though. When I see a company marketing something I go into super-cynical mode and believe they are just short of blatently lying to sell their product. Although I prefer to use leading edge technology, I am far from the first person to use any product and their is a good chance somebody else has posted a review. I even do this in buying some of the more expensive toys for my daughter. Even a negative review can be positive for my situation. Somebody who has a big complaint over something that is a small issue for me is a good thing for that product and my scenario.

    A lot of MS people have been praising VS 2005 for the last while. Some have even said bad things about their own product, but features that don’t matter much to me. Outside people involved in using the beta extensively also sing praises to the almighty code gods for the advances in VS coming out. My opinion at this point is that I will be pleased once it is officially released.

    So the short answer is a company can not be the only source of facts, they will hide the bad facts. You wouldn’t just believe a used car sales person without taking a test drive either. And if you only looked at Fords then you have nothing to compare it to unless you check out a Chevy too. (I won’t actually say that I think that Fords kick ass here because that will just lead off on another tangent in comments).

  4. BTW, an interesting fact is that 40% of all sick days are taken on either the day before or after a weekend. Talk about slackers!

  5. Jerry Pisk says:

    I personally get the facts either from my own experience or from reliable independent sources, which means mostly my friends 😉 You just can’t believe Microsoft that their SW is cheaper, Oracle that their software is unbreakable or anybody else touting their own horn. All these things depend on your own circumstances, not on some artificial study. All those studies tell is that in the particular case it turned out one way. However comparing Windows on Xeons to Linux on z900 is probablu not going to apply to many people thinking about switching.

  6. Scott Allen says:

    I assume all campaigns are carefully written and the scenarios carefully selected to favor one vendor over another. Even when reading a report from a neutral ‘third party’ I tend to take everything with a grain of salt. Like everything involving computers the devil is always in the details of getting down and doing it in your environment and with your own expertise.

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