Malaysia Saves Big $ Using FLOSS

Malaysia continues to promote and to implement FLOSS in government. Adoptions of FLOSS on servers is widespread. Adoptions of FLOSS on the desktop are ramping up. The latest figures show 33872 seats of OpenOffice.org.

Savings are huge. From 2004 to 2011, Malaysia calculates a total savings of $118 million (RM 370 million). They could save a similar amount by switching to GNU/Linux for the desktop OS. Over the years several departments have adopted GNU/Linux desktops but since 2008 all have been mandated to use OpenOffice.org.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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One Response to Malaysia Saves Big $ Using FLOSS

  1. dougman says:

    I tell clients, unless they can demonstrate some substantial reason why they need M$ Office, then they can use Libreoffice to save money in this down economy.

    When asked about compatibility, I inform them that their customers can do one of three things, download Libreoffice as well, deal with M$ Office substandard rendering or they could export as a PDF.

    A business should not be beholden to the failings of a software company, nor be required to fork out gobs of cash just to write documents. Believe it or not, I get inquiries now and then from uses of M$ Money. M$ saw fit to stop development of the software, at least the data can be exported and imported to something like, GNUcash, Quicken, Moneydance, or Quickbooks.

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