Mr Pogson to government: Change your OS, save $billions

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.

See Teen to government: Change your typeface, save millions.

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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3 Responses to Mr Pogson to government: Change your OS, save $billions

  1. Mats Hagglund says:

    Perhaps lord John Maynard Keynes would have prefered wasting money by using Windows and other M$ software to increase consumer demand. However he might also see Linux as better choice and “waste” that same money with things like education, health care and developing infrastructure.

  2. dougman says:

    Actually the US Government does not care about saving money, it can print all the money it wants.

    Read the following: http://direct.mises.org/journals/aa/AA1946_VIII_1.pdf

    Page 35 “Taxes for Revenue Are Obsolete” – Beardsley Ruml, Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York 1946.

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