I was just watching CNN mangle yet another great story.“Using the General Services Administration’s estimated annual cost of ink — $467 million — Suvir concluded that if the federal government used Garamond exclusively it could save nearly 30% — or $136 million per year. An additional $234 million could be saved annually if state governments also jumped on board” A student figured out how government could save huge amounts of money by using more slender typefaces which demand less ink and less paper. I imagine the savings from converting US government to GNU/Linux and FLOSS could save much, much more.
In the case of the US government the savings on M$’s licences would have even greater leverage. The obscene profits M$ makes offshore are often held in US treasuries so the US government (ie taxpayers) is paying M$ again for interest on those treasuries. If M$ were starved of the money they depend on from the US government they would have to repatriate more of those funds… In total we are pushing near $1billion in savings the US government could have by going to FLOSS and GNU/Linux.