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[3]: Nice...
by NotParker on Mon 27th Nov 2006 19:57 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Nice..."
NotParker
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2006-06-01

Munich also chose to spend 12 million more on Linux than on Windows.

That sends a clear lesson to places like Birmingham (
http://www.linux.org/news/2006/11/24/0007.html).

Linux is way more expensive.

SUSE was headquartered in Munich at the time. Thats the only reason Linux won. Local politics.


"Documents obtained by USA TODAY show Microsoft subsequently lowered its pricing to $31.9 million and then to $23.7 million — an overall 35% price cut. The discounts were for naught.

On May 28, the city council approved a more expensive proposal — $35.7 million — from German Linux distributor SuSE and IBM, a big Linux backer."

http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/technology/2003-07-13-micr...

Edited 2006-11-27 20:01

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RE[4]: Nice...
by Almindor on Mon 27th Nov 2006 21:19 in reply to "RE[3]: Nice..."
Almindor Member since:
2006-01-16

You forgot the fact that from long term they went with FAR FAR cheaper deal.

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RE[5]: Nice...
by tomcat on Mon 27th Nov 2006 21:28 in reply to "RE[4]: Nice..."
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2006-01-06

You forgot the fact that from long term they went with FAR FAR cheaper deal.

Well, that depends entirely on who you choose to believe. If you go with IBM and Novell's estimates, they claim that it's "cheaper" over the long term -- but that depends on how far you're willing to go to stretch "long term". But, consider the fact that the operating costs of using Linux are more expensive and aren't likely to decrease. And, since the cost of a software license is less than 2% of the overall TCO, Munich is largely depending on potentially vaporous estimates from IBM and Novell (who provided at-cost consulting to pull the deal through). If IBM and Novell hadn't provided this consulting at-cost (which they WON'T do except in the few high-profile deployments such as Munich), the costs would have been much higher. And let's not forget that they've already had several time-cost overruns.

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RE[4]: Nice...
by Johann Chua on Sat 2nd Dec 2006 05:30 in reply to "RE[3]: Nice..."
Johann Chua Member since:
2005-07-22

I'm sure you enjoy your checks from Bill Gates and/or Steve Ballmer very much.

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