I keep seeing these so-called “Get the facts” and they’re ticking me off with their blatant misrepresentation of facts.

The one I just saw compared the price of Mainframe Linux with the price of Windows Server 2003.

Uhh…  isn’t that a little unfair?  What about comparing PC Linux with PC Windows Server 2003?  Are they afraid to do this thing head-to-head on the same platform?  If you read the test, they are using Samba 2.2.x and Apache 1.2.x - not 3.0.x and 2.x, the latest versions respectively.  Wouldn’t it be fair to compare the newer versions of the applications with Windows 2003?  Or perhaps the older versions with the equivalent of Windows 2000?

I’m sure that in this case there isn’t any real lying, as far as distortion of facts goes, but it’s certainly not very honest.  It’s a shame no-one is running any true head-to-heads tests on the same hardware to counter these studies.

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