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EstevaoSoares
June 6th, 2006, 10:05 AM
Hi folks...

I'm from Brazil and currently running a Study about Linux Saving powers =)

I would like to know if someone could point me to links that has numbers, real numbers on cost saving and performance improvement.

When I had started it thought it was an easy job rs... But I was wrong.

I'm able to find so many papers about how linux is better than other Solutions... but I'm a hard difficult to find it in real numbers.
The mainly objective is to convince a director board to use Free Software at an University. It's hard to believe that there is Universities that yet don't use Linux or Unix, sad but true.

You folks could help me?


Thanks in advance.

fluffington
June 8th, 2006, 02:55 AM
A quick Google search (http://www.google.com/search?q=linux+vs+windows+cost+study) turned up the following:

http://www.cybersource.com.au/about/linux_vs_windows_tco_comparison.pdf

http://www.levanta.com/linuxstudy/EMA_Levanta-Linux_RR.pdf

http://www-1.ibm.com/linux/RFG-LinuxTCO-vFINAL-Jul2002.pdf

http://www.e-dynamics.be/docs/linux_vs_windows_tco_comparison.pdf

http://techupdate.zdnet.com/techupdate/stories/main/0,14179,2907876,00.html

The university I attended ran a mix of old Macs (OS 7 and 8), new Macs (OS X), Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP, HP-UX, Solaris, FreeBSD, and Red Hat. I also worked in the IT department there; spent half my time doing customer support and the other half un-crashing print servers. The last time I dropped by, it looked like they had finally phased out most of that and went with Windows and OS X on public terminals and desktop machines, and Linux on the servers.

Edit: removed the smilies that were showing up instead of Mac OS version numbers.

az
June 8th, 2006, 04:16 AM
Hi folks...

I'm from Brazil and currently running a Study about Linux Saving powers =)

I would like to know if someone could point me to links that has numbers, real numbers on cost saving and performance improvement.

It is not a constant. It really depends on your needs.



When I had started it thought it was an easy job rs... But I was wrong.

You will have to find out some specifics.

Are you asking about across-the-board migration?

Do you think you can find a few things that Ubuntu does well and target desktops that are used for that and see how many workstations you can safely say will migrate without problems? Then try to find areas that need more work or time by either the people who will be installing it or using it, or by finding issues that need actual upstream development.

Try to figure out how much that would be using proprietary solutions and see what is more advantageous. You may be able to say that you can save on software licencing fees (OS, antivirus, other software solutions) in a certain percentage of cases. After that, it would become a matter of your institution to make software choices that are free-libre open-source friendly ones or a matter of the actual free-libre software becoming better and better over time to better meet the needs of more and more workstations.





I'm able to find so many papers about how linux is better than other Solutions... but I'm a hard difficult to find it in real numbers.
The mainly objective is to convince a director board to use Free Software at an University. It's hard to believe that there is Universities that yet don't use Linux or Unix, sad but true.

You folks could help me?


Thanks in advance.
Are you saying that you cannot install ubuntu on even one computer on your university's network? Because that is different than tackling a migration to linux.