Udine, Again

Last year, I wrote about Udine using FLOSS in their infrastructure. Well, it’s in the news again.“The move, the city says, will allow it to save roughly €400 on the cost of software licensing for each machine, a total of €360,000. The migration will start with 80 new computers that, according to the 2014 budget document, have to be bought by December. The migration will continue as old PCs with Microsoft Office installed will be gradually phased out and substituted with new, OpenOffice ones.” For years they’ve had both FLOSS and M$’s office suite on PCs but now their council will publish it’s deliberations only in ODF, forcing users to familiarize with OpenOffice.org. This time they are moving all office suites to OpenOffice.org and in 2015 they are planning to shift that other OS out from underneath, saving a bundle in licensing fees. I hope the taxpayers are appreciative.

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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4 Responses to Udine, Again

  1. oiaohm says:

    DrLoser €400 per desktop seat is in fact easy to end up with. Windows + stack of CALs for share-point, exchange, filesharing and the like. Proper performed TCO to seat includes the server cal licenses on the seats. The worst I have ever seen it come out to is ~3000AUD per seat just in Microsoft products. €400 is less than 600 AUD/USD.

  2. DrLoser says:

    With M$, every transaction is a crime, IMHO. Transaction: “Would you like to pay $10 for this loaf of bread, or $15 for the “pro” version?

    Piffle, Robert. Apart from this ludicrous concept of “pro-bread” — does it stand on dark corners and beckon customers on? — we’re actually talking about what is, as far as I can see, a direct lie.

    Absent actual figures, there is no possible way that Udine could stack up license fees of €400 per desktop seat; much as your rather weird narrative here seems to require it.

    We’re just talking insane political lies here, aren’t we? I despise insane political lies, from whatever source.

    You seem to favour them, as long as they conform to your prior prejudices. Well, that’s what getting old and set in your ways does for you, I imagine.

  3. DrLoser wrote, “I’d purely hate to see the cost of their waste disposal contract, if the best they can do is a licensing cost of €400 per Windows desktop/laptop, Robert.”

    Well, with a single source of supply, you should expect high prices. After all, why should M$ work for a living? Waste disposal often has multiple suppliers of service. Thus, unless there is bid-rigging (a crime) they should get a reasonable price. With M$, every transaction is a crime, IMHO. Transaction: “Would you like to pay $10 for this loaf of bread, or $15 for the “pro” version? It has more features, like thicker slices and a different wrapper. No one else is selling bread in this town. It only costs us $1 to deliver it but you have to pay what we demand.”

  4. DrLoser says:

    I’d purely hate to see the cost of their waste disposal contract, if the best they can do is a licensing cost of €400 per Windows desktop/laptop, Robert.

    Oh, and wasn’t ODT supposed to be an “open specification?” You know, “one of ours,” not “one of M$’s?”

    Surprise surprise, it is …

    … No lock-in for Linux there, then, despite your rather weird and contradictory hopes.

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