Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 31st Mar 2006 14:30 UTC, submitted by Andy Updegrove
Features, Office "Microsoft has lost a head-to-head competition with OpenDocument Format supporting software, with the decision of the Bristol, England City Council to convert its 5500 desktops from Office to Sun's ODF compliant StarOffice office suite. The City, after extensive study, concluded that it would save 60% of total costs of ownership over a five year period by making the switch. And, as an assist to cities, it has made the documentation of its analysis and other materials available at the Open Source Academy Website in the UK."
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RE[4]: Good for Sun
by shotsman on Sat 1st Apr 2006 06:57 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Good for Sun"
shotsman
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2005-07-22

Your proposed move to ODF from MS by the UK Government would NEVER NEVER Happen.
The reason is that our esteemed leader (aka The Right Honorable Mr Tony Blair, Prime Minister) is far to pally with Sir (Honorary) William Gates.
I expect that there will be moves against Bristol. This government wants to control everything that anyone does in this country. For a Council the size of Bristol to get away with breaking away from MS is very off message(and that is bad) and will probably be snubbed out very soon. After all, the new financial year for Bristol starts this week!

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RE[5]: Good for Sun
by kaiwai on Sat 1st Apr 2006 09:06 in reply to "RE[4]: Good for Sun"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

For a Council the size of Bristol to get away with breaking away from MS is very off message(and that is bad) and will probably be snubbed out very soon. After all, the new financial year for Bristol starts this week!

Meh, do what they do in New Zealand is 'lets pass more stuff onto the local city councils' - central government get a nice balanced budget, and your council rates go up.

In the case of Bristol, a new proposal will get passed, and any savings they did make will get gobbled up by providing these new services plus more money will be needed.

You could easily get alway with a Linux/ODF drive in New Zealand simply because of this - the largest IT company in New Zealand is IBM, and what would IBM love to do with Microsoft? push Microsoft completely out of the New Zealand market and grab that $100million which Microsoft makes each year. Same situation could occur in Australia as well.

Believe me, Microsoft doesn't exactly have too many friends down under.

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