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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[4]: Until they need support
by nt_jerkface on Mon 12th Jul 2010 06:30 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Until they need support"
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Based on what evidence? you throw that out there and provide nothing to back it up nor do you even take into account one can use Zenworks for large deployments thus just as simple as managing a network of Windows servers and desktops.

Linux admins cost more on average, kind of thought that was common sense. You can go look up IT salaries if this is news to you.

So stick with Windows XP and find yourself high and dry in a few years after support stops - excuse me but that sounds like the most stupid f-cking idea I've ever come across.

Security updates go to 2014.

But no I don't think any business or government should stick with XP. I just think it is a better cost-saving measure than switching to Linux.

As for your first paragraph, how are you dependent on Oracle? is an open source project that has Red Hat, Novell, Oracle and numerous individual contributors; there is nothing stopping the government, as they do for other projects, to setup a dedicated group of half a dozen programmers to address problems with for the whole public service.

Well OpenOffice is incomplete in functionality compared to MS Office and it is not some community project when it comes to development. That vast majority of the commits have been from Sun employees:

Without Sun (and now Oracle) developers the codebase would stagnate and die.

I follow OpenOffice more than most open source advocates here so please be aware of this before getting abrasive.

Anyways your suggestion is laughable that a company or government switch to open office and then hire a team of programmers to fill in that missing functionality as part of a greater effort to save money. The wasted money on meetings alone planning such an endeavor would likely pay for MS Office.

There is no 'vendor lock in' and as for 'smaller business software library'

There are fewer business applications available for Linux, are you going to deny this?

I'll give you some common examples:
Peachtree Accounting
Postal Service / Shipping software
Payroll software
MS Exchange
Banking software
Publishing software

I didn't even bring up the issue of hardware. Multi-function printers have long been an issue with Linux.

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