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[3]: Bad Aftertaste
by kaiwai on Mon 12th Jul 2010 01:58 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Bad Aftertaste"
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I imagine the obvious solution would be to validate those applications on Wine. If they fail then you run then on Windows in Virtual Box: the Windows license was a requirement prior to switching to Linux so there is no net loss.

The trouble with that assertion is the fact that Microsoft has many governments on a select licensing scheme where they pay a yearly subscription; so even if they were to move to Linux they would still have to continue paying a subscription even though their primary operating system would be Linux. Ultimately their costs would double thus leaving them worse off if they just kept with Windows in the first place.

As I said, there is always Mainsoft but even then the transition isn't 100% guaranteed just like wine isn't a sure thing.

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