Microsoft vs. Linux in a Business Workplace

April 21, 2008

Some of the Microsoft business clients of On-Site Computer Services in New Orleans, in an effort to reduce licensing costs, often inquire about using Linux and its suite of desktop productivity applications in lieu of Microsoft XP or Vista and the Microsoft office suite of business applications.  Although the idea of free licensing for Linux seems attractive, a closer look at the overall cost of owning a Linux system reveals some interesting considerations.

Onsite has experimented with open source desktop and server versions of Linux since Redhat 3, in 1997.  Our most recent adventure with Ubuntu produced the same results.  Fiddling with these systems can be fun;  however when we need business production from the Linux system, our experience reveals enormous decreases in efficiency when comparing Linux to Microsoft Windows solutions.

From Onsite’s experience, the overall cost of ownership of the end-to-end Microsoft Windows solution is far superior to the open source offerings of the Linux flavors.  The expertise required to repair or service the desktops and servers of the Linux offerings is certainly harder to find and less cost effective than the ubiquitous expertise available to repair and service the Microsoft WIndows offering.  

Obviously the results we experienced in our test lab at On-Site Computer Services in New Orleans is similar to the results experienced by large enterprise operations.  Over the past fifteen years, Microsoft has developed products and supporting services for enterprise IT managers that are superior to anything in the Linux portfolio in a production environment.  We regularly advise our clients that the initial cost of integrating an end-to-end Microsoft system is justified by the peace of mind of available Microsoft support options.  We feel Microsoft Windows is the safe choice for business IT solutions for many years to come.

In the opinion of Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans, if your business needs efficient productivity, Microsoft products are the only option.

If you’re searching for computer consulting, repairs or service of your Microsoft based system or network in the New Orleans area, then call the knowledgeable, reputable Microsoft specialists at Onsite Computer Services, Inc. in New Orleans 504-469-6991.

You may also be interested in Onsite Computer’s Blog.

This New Orleans On-Site Computer Services post was provided by Eli Lucas. Eli can be reached at On-Site Computer Services, Inc. serves the Microsoft computing needs of small businesses throughout the Greater New Orleans area including Uptown, Lakeview, Broadmoor, Mid-City, Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, Westbank, French Quarter, and the Warehouse District.  Please visit our website at


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