FLOSS Saves Money, Time, Pain, Stuff That Matters

In the beginning, I switched to FLOSS and GNU/Linux just to get things working. Later, I managed several migrations to save cost or to expand service. It’s good to see governments doing the same and starting new projects as FLOSS from the beginning to get the benefits of FLOSS sooner rather than later. Skip the pain. Maximize the gain. Use FLOSS. It’s the right way to do IT, on the servers and on the clients.

“Switching to open source allowed Croatia’s pension fund to significantly reduce the costs of its online service desk. Annual maintenance costs for the new, open source-based service are around 10,000 euro, 1/14 of the maintenance costs for the previous system, based on proprietary solutions, according to Marko Rakar, a consultant for the Ministry of Labour and Pension Systems. The new site was launched on 1 January 2014.”

See Open source wipes costs Croatia pension fund.

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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6 Responses to FLOSS Saves Money, Time, Pain, Stuff That Matters

  1. Mats Hagglund quoth, “we have saved 100,000 kuna”.

    That’s not a huge sum, about USD 25000, but if it’s an annual savings, it will amount to a lot. It could also be that headquarters is only a small part of their system.

  2. Mats Hagglund says:

    http://globus.jutarnji.hr/hrvatska/hrvatski-milijuni-za-billa-gatesa

    ” Hrvatski milijuni za Billa Gatesa ” (engl: “Croatian millions for Bill Gates”)

    ” The reason lies simply in a limited budget . Specifically , with respect to the total number of computers that we need at headquarters , using free software , we have saved 100,000 kuna . When I was in the headquarters illustrate the difference in cost , there was no problem and make a decision to go systematically to Linux , ” said Marko Rakar from headquarters .”

  3. Mats Hagglund wrote, “Perhaps European and North American goverments, cities and corporations still have some money left – they haven’t yet started to think. These fools have burned billions and billions of €/$ by using crapware of Redmond.”

    Some have sent so much to Redmond that they don’t want to admit they were fooled…

    It used to be said that no one would be fired for buying M$’s stuff. That may no longer be true… See Analyst: Save millions, don’t renew Microsoft Enterprise Agreements.

    When businesses actually take time to think about licensing instead of just plodding along on the Wintel treadmill, beautiful things can happen like shifting X% of seats to Android/Linux or GNU/Linux and LibreOffice. This will save individual businesses $millions, governments tens of $millions and will cost M$ a huge chunk of its “enterprise” segment. The world is finding out it doesn’t need M$ and business was the last to know.

  4. Mats Hagglund says:

    One of our best essayist after the WW2 once mentioned:

    “when all money has gone the thinking begins.”

    Perhaps European and North American goverments, cities and corporations still have some money left – they haven’t yet started to think. These fools have burned billions and billions of €/$ by using crapware of Redmond.

  5. dougman says:

    It truly pains me to see people and businesses go down more expensive path. Once that road is taken, I normally wash my hands of them, even if they decide to call me later.

    I rather focus on the 20% that derives 80% of my work.

  6. Mats Hagglund says:

    Perhaps costs of their previous system was above even Microsoft’s own brutal looting norms. Normally it’s something like 70-80% savings.

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