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[4]: Not likely
by nt_jerkface on Tue 13th Jul 2010 01:29 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Not likely"
nt_jerkface
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2009-08-26



I'm a bit tired of such "reasons", and they've been around for a long time. This attitute is very negative and will only hurt [and has been hurting] OS development for a long time, while strengthening the monopoly of large OS vendors. The rigidity towards adapting to new operating environments should not be acceptable as it is today.


It's easy for you to say that when you are talking about someone else's wallet.

I've seen how fast retraining costs can escalate and how inflexible office workers can be. You can't expect organizations to ignore these issues in favor of funding software that you value.

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RE[5]: Not likely
by lemur2 on Tue 13th Jul 2010 04:18 in reply to "RE[4]: Not likely"
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2007-02-17

" I'm a bit tired of such "reasons", and they've been around for a long time. This attitute is very negative and will only hurt [and has been hurting] OS development for a long time, while strengthening the monopoly of large OS vendors. The rigidity towards adapting to new operating environments should not be acceptable as it is today.
It's easy for you to say that when you are talking about someone else's wallet. I've seen how fast retraining costs can escalate and how inflexible office workers can be. You can't expect organizations to ignore these issues in favor of funding software that you value. "

You can't expect organisations to continue to believe unsupported claims that moving to FOSS would cost them money in the face of many organistations actually doing a move to FOSS for real, and reporting on significant savings from the process:

http://www.osnews.com/permalink?433230

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