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.”