Linked by David Adams on Sun 11th Jul 2010 19:43 UTC
Microsoft U.K. government staff suggested replacing Microsoft Corp. operating systems on computers with free alternatives in response to a call for ideas for Prime Minister David Cameron's cost-cutting drive.
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RE[2]: Not likely
by Laurence on Sun 11th Jul 2010 23:19 UTC in reply to "RE: Not likely"
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"Move like this requires stronger drivers than just cost savings

Not in the current economic situation it doesn't.

Even in the current economic situation as the sort term costs for switching to Linux would be more expensive:
* retraining non-technical staff
* retraining IT staff
* rebuilding thousands of workstations
* testing thousands of applications
* and the massive amount of man hours wasted on red tape, meetings and project management.

And lets not forget that the current workstations already have XP licences - so it's not as if they have to pay that much at the moment.

The real saving in switching to Linux will be the long term. But governments (and particularly Britain's local and national governments) are notoriously bad for taking the long term plan - regardless of how much smarter and/or cheaper it works out.

Having worked in local government for many years, I really can't see this change happening. At best it will be a consideration, but more likely it's nothing more than a "pie in the sky" idea.

Edited 2010-07-11 23:23 UTC

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