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ComplexNumber
January 17th, 2007, 04:56 PM
interesting article.

The European Commission has issued a ringing endorsement of open source software, producing a confidence-boost for businesses considering the deployment of Linux and other free software.
In a lengthy report into business deployments of open source software, published in full late last week, the EC said in "almost all cases" cost savings would be made by switching from proprietary to open source software.
The bold findings come in stark contrast to assertions by Microsoft that Linux cost savings are a myth.
The Commission's work is based on detailed analysis of open source projects in six European Union countries.



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the rest can be read here:
http://software.silicon.com/os/0,39024651,39165186,00.htm

Johnsie
January 17th, 2007, 05:04 PM
Now they have no excuse

renzokuken
January 17th, 2007, 05:12 PM
'bout frickin time

good spot CN

beercz
January 17th, 2007, 06:20 PM
Here's a bbc report on the matter:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/6270657.stm

Mathiasdm
January 17th, 2007, 06:56 PM
The actual study (executive summary at page 9-12): http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/ict/policy/doc/2006-11-20-flossimpact.pdf

ffi
January 17th, 2007, 07:18 PM
interesting article.

the rest can be read here:
http://software.silicon.com/os/0,39024651,39165186,00.htm

I know of an even more money saving option: lets get rid of the EU so they cant spend our money paying for expensive reports kicking in open doors....

bunabattoir
January 17th, 2007, 08:29 PM
I know of an even more money saving option: lets get rid of the EU so they cant spend our money paying for expensive reports kicking in open doors....

+1 :-D

Gargamella
January 18th, 2007, 12:10 AM
I saw it has been written a post about it, but this bbc article seems very good to me,here's the link

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6270657.stm



I liked very much this article because off the last lines:

"The motion also criticised the "outdated" methods used to purchase software for schools that locked them into buying proprietary software."

a school lab has minimum 15-20 computers...only to surf the web or to write a document..all them with MS license...just think about how much expensive they are!

AndyCooll
January 18th, 2007, 12:22 AM
It's an encouraging report. However, it's still just words. I'd like to see some action to follow up the words!

:cool:

beercz
January 18th, 2007, 12:36 AM
http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=340527

euler_fan
January 18th, 2007, 02:14 AM
I liked very much this article because off the last lines:

"The motion also criticised the "outdated" methods used to purchase software for schools that locked them into buying proprietary software."

a school lab has minimum 15-20 computers...only to surf the web or to write a document..all them with MS license...just think about how much expensive they are!

No doubt! Here in the states one of perpetual issues in education is also the price of college and how fast it increases. I go to a school that is both private and almost completely MS based. Oh, there are a few Sun systems here and there for the comp. sci. people and to appease one of the downers, and a few macs too for good measure (to appease a few students and profs no doubt). My question is how much less would my tuition be if the school just bit the bullet and went open source. :-k

I am seriously tempted to send the link to a few senior school administrator types I know (one used to be my advisor). Properly set up, most students would either adjust quickly or just think all the machines are macs ;)