Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Nov 2006 10:55 UTC, submitted by Jean Claude
Linux French députés' offices will be equipped with a Linux operating system and open source productivity software. There will be 1154 French parliamentary workstations running on an open source OS, with OpenOffice.org, Firefox and an open source email client.
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RE[5]: Nice...
by NotParker on Tue 28th Nov 2006 04:44 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Nice..."
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Maybe. But then based on the fact that Windows is only required on 20% of the desktops, this implies that Windows and a Windows-based software stack are possibly being used unnecessarily on the remaining 11,200 desktops.

I think the lessons are simple.

There are no open source replacement for Windows power users.

If you want to spend 50% more than Windows, you could replace Windows for purely ideological and parochial reasons (SUSE is from Munich).

If you want to spend a fortune on training you can throw away a perfectly good desktop infrastructure and replace with something that someday may work as well as the one you have now (which is Windows NT actually).

Linux - capable of sort of duplicating Windows NT.

Not a great endorsement.

In practice the migration will be an expensive disaster that will be cancelled within a year or so before 10 - 20% of the desktops are replaced.

But the costs Munich are carrying amounts effectively to a one-time investment.

That is false. Support costs for Linux are high.

Most of the Microsoft software can be used for 5 - 7 years (the same way Windows NT has lasted Munich for 7 - 9 years).

The Microsoft software licenses themselves are considerably cheaper than the 12 million lost to the Linux project.

It will be something like 21-28 years (if Linux support and upgrade costs were magically zero) to recoup that 12 million.

And Linux costs will not magically become zero.

"Will Linux ever be a major player on the desktop? Andy McCue hears from IT chiefs - who, for the most part, answered with a resounding 'no'.

...

Gavin Whatrup, group IT director at Creston, said: "There has to be a compelling reason to fix something that isn't broken. Whilst Windows on the desktop has its faults it is stable, useable, manageable and cash costs are low. I don't see Linux replacing Windows on the office desktop unless it can challenge those issues and offer something Windows can't.""

http://www.silicon.com/ciojury/0,3800003161,39163944,00.htm

One final item:

The Munich Linux project's cost has already jumped from 30 million Euros to 35 million Euros.

Another 5 million down the drain for zero improvements over Windows NT 4.0

Edited 2006-11-28 04:57

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