Ouch… first Novell agrees to partner with Microsoft and pisses off the OS community, now they are claiming Windows has a lower TCO than Linux (Which may be true in some cases, who knows). I’m not sure if Novell knows exactly what it’s doing, or is starting to feel the pinch of working with Microsoft.
Much like NVIDIA felt after doing the original XBox with Microsoft. Seems to be the partner from hell.
Update #1: Lisa did point out a lack of facts in the original post, here are some links and snippets to make the post a bit more meaty:
Scroll down to “Shortcomings of the FX series”, snippet:
The Xbox contract did not allow for falling manufacturing costs, as process technology improved, and Microsoft sought to renegotiate the terms of the contract, withholding the DirectX 9 specifications as leverage. As a result, NVIDIA and Microsoft relations, which had previously been very good, deteriorated. Both parties later settled the dispute through arbitration and the terms were not released to the public. However, the dispute was what prompted NVIDIA to pass over developing a graphics solution for the succeeding Xbox 360