Go, Toulouse! City Saves €1.000.000 Via LibreOffice And That’s Not All They Do With FLOSS

It’s rather obvious to me but others still deny:

  1. that organizations of any size can use LibreOffice instead of M$’s offering, and
  2. that organizations of any size can save a bundle of money doing so.

Munich and Toulouse and the government of the UK and … are all strong counter-examples “Software licenses for productivity suites cost Toulouse 1.8 million euro every three years. Migration cost us about 800,000 euro, due partly to some developments. One million euro has actually been saved in the first three years. It is a compelling proof in the actual context of local public finance”to this mystical belief that one needs to spend far more than the cost of IT to get any production from IT. FLOSS works. It’s a GUI. Anyone can use it and the cost of a licence is $0. Is that so hard to figure out? The cost of maintaining and updating the software is less with FLOSS too, thanks to the wonderful FLOSS licences that permit admins to copy/modify/distribute to their hearts’ content.
“50 per cent of the operating systems in Toulouse are based on Linux. These systems support the majority of our intranet, extranet and internet sites, plus some web-based business applications, all based on a LAMP architecture – Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP” Toulouse also uses a lot of FLOSS on the servers for similar benefits. As they modernize their fleet of computers both desktop and server they get all those great benefits everytime they install a machine or an OS or an application. FLOSS is the gift that keeps on giving. I will never forget the first few times I installed FLOSS and GNU/Linux. Stuff just worked so much better and nothing prevented me from providing local services on the network: not budgets, and not licences. I was free to get the best benefit from the expenditure on hardware rather than constantly being prevented from doing what I wanted. Large organizations have the same freedom I experienced although they call it “productivity” and “the bottom line”. It’s all good.

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About Robert Pogson

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5 Responses to Go, Toulouse! City Saves €1.000.000 Via LibreOffice And That’s Not All They Do With FLOSS

  1. dougman says:

    Hah, I just thinking that M$ and Apple, would be possibly thought of as too big too fail, but what people must realize is that, neither deserves it.

    So what if both fail…the community and free-market will pick up the pieces and carry-on, this will be a good thing.

  2. oe says:

    Got to give it to the French, they do really value freedom especially since 1787 and with WWII’s aftermath. Meanwhile in the US while there seems to be a lot of big collective contributors to FOSS on the one hand (IBM, Sun’s OO, NSA’s SELinux, RedHat, NRL’s TOR, Net-BSD, OpenBSD, etc.) on the otherhand as the home of M$ and Apple, there is schizophrenia in which way to go. What would be interesting is to map end users in Red States versus Blue States and see if there is a correlation with FOSS OS usage; I suspect there well may be….If M$, or perhaps Crapple, ever file for bankruptcy, I dread the Feds would claim they are “too big to fail” and issue bailout checks courtesy of the US taxpayers…..

  3. dougman says:

    The UK government has standardized on the ODF format.

    “Government will begin using open formats that will ensure that citizens and people working in government can use the applications that best meet their needs when they are viewing or working on documents together.”

    Specifically the selected standards are:

    – PDF/A or HTML for viewing government documents
    – ODF for sharing or collaborating on government documents

    The UK made this decision because: “Our long-term plan for a stronger economy is all about helping UK businesses grow. We have listened to those who told us that open standards will reduce their costs and make it easier to work with government. This is a major step forward for our digital-by-default agenda which is helping save citizens, businesses and taxpayers £1.2 billion ($2.05bn) over this Parliament.”

  4. ram wrote, of France, “they have made major contributions to Linux”.

    Yes. France, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain,… are fine examples. Others in EU have noticed and I can see M$’s share of IT in EU being much less in five years. The pace at which migrations are made is accelerating. Munich took several of M$’s release-cycles to do the job. Others are doing it in one or two. It’s doable and most see the cost of fixing the interoperability problem as due to dependence on M$ and not anything wrong with FLOSS. The value of an OS that breaks interoperability is definitely negative. This is all a part of the maturing of IT. IT is so affordable in hardware. It’s just silly to spend crazy amounts on software. Some of these businesses and governments are spending way more on software than hardware and M$ is the thin edge of that wedge between reason and efficiency. The world just doesn’t need the cost of M$ any longer if it ever did.

  5. ram says:

    As much as I dislike the policies of the French government, particularly their support of arms dealers, they have made major contributions to Linux. The Scilab project is one example. The interface between that and FEA and CAD software is another.

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