The snake charmers from M$ have done it again. M$’s salesmen have convinced the UK Cabinet that money can be saved by spending more. Of course they are comparing projected prices (vapour-prices) versus 1% more than the previous agreement. What is totally missing is that UK gets no value at all from the money spent. They are paying M$ for permission to use equipment the UK owns. That’s insane.
I would argue that it’s worse than wasted money because of the multiplier. For every licence UK buys from M$ they have the great privilege of paying ~$1000 for maintaining the software: anti-virus, updates, re-re-reboots and slowing down… Maintenance costs 1/3 to 1/2 as much with FLOSS. By switching to FLOSS they could save twice as much as they plan to spend…
Those snake-charmers are good at their jobs.
“the Public Sector Agreement 2012 replaces the last iteration (PSA09) from 1 July â€“Â with licences locked for three years at 1 per cent above previous levels.”