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, Firefox and an open source email client.
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RE[6]: Nice...
by tomcat on Mon 27th Nov 2006 21:33 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Nice..."
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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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