Yes! Yet another government gets the picture. Various software empires have been charging them multiple times for the same product.“The switch to Postgresql is expected to result in a reduction in the number of proprietary RDBMS licences. The Canary Islands is using over 40 proprietary database management systems. OpenOffice will be installed on some 30,000 workstations across the islands.
The Canary Islands’ overhaul of IT systems began in 2011 and is now starting to bear fruit, financially and technologically. In February, the government announced that it had managed to cut costs for server and workstation operating systems by 25.4 per cent, by switching to free and open source alternatives.” What’s with that? If a normal business mows the lawn they charge for mowing the lawn. M$ and “partners” charge for mowing the lawn, looking at it, and even more if you have more than one lawn. Same with Oracle. How are they charging these days? Per named user, per processor and different amounts depending on what the product is called. Then there are paid updates. It costs money just to pay people to comply with the licence and more money to change anything in the system… FLOSS is so much simpler. Get the software and use it. The licence permitting use, examination, modification and distribution is all the same charge, $0. What were they thinking using that non-Free stuff previously?
The GNU Public Licence and variations cover a lot of FLOSS, like GNU/Linux operating systems. Then there is the database, PostgreSQL. It comes with its own FLOSS licence, allowing, “Permission to use, copy, modify, and distribute this software and its documentation for any purpose, without fee, and without a written agreement is hereby granted, provided that the above copyright notice and this paragraph and the following two paragraphs appear in all copies.” Piece of cake, eh? This is the way to do IT.