“Back in 2007, the Foreign Office’s IT department regarded the use of open source software on servers and desktop systems as a success story. IT costs per workspace were reported to be lower than in any other government department, despite the demands imposed by running a high security, globally distributed IT infrastructure.”
“Now the Foreign Office is back-pedalling. The government’s response to the SPD’s question states that, although open source has demonstrated its worth, particularly on servers, the cost of adapting and extending it, for example in writing printer and scanner drivers, and of training, have proved greater than anticipated.”
How bizarre is that? I have never had to write a driver for GNU/Linux and I have used GNU/Linux on many hundreds of desktops in random systems. Only once did I meet a printer I could not drive and there was a work-around of using one machine as a print-server running that other OS. Certainly there is no way the training costs of GNU/Linux were significant. Munich still has not spent its training budget.
It seems M$’s salesmen still visit the converted. We should put up “KEEP OUT” signs.