“Nantes has now switched half of its 5000 workstations (PCs and laptops) to the LibreOffice open source office suite.
…The support team was not as busy as anticipated, and two out of three civil servants had no major problems using the software.
Justification for the transition was the end of support for the decade-old version of the proprietary office suite in use at the city administration. The cityâ€™s IT department considered several options, including purchasing new proprietary licences. â€œWe decided to go to LibreOffice, allowing us to save EUR 1,7 millionâ€, Ficheux said. The IT departmentâ€™s side-by-side comparison included a budget of EUR 600,000 for change management and for training the cityâ€™s 5000 staffers to use LibreOffice. Conversely, training users to use the newest version of the proprietary office suite would cost EUR 400,000, the IT department estimated.”
See Nantes: â€œChange management key to switch to free software”Yes. Replacing a non-Free office suite with LibreOffice makes sense. It’s FLOSS. You can run, examine, modify and distribute the software under the accompanying licence. There’s no need to budget for licensing. There’s no contract. There’s no dependency on someone out to get you. LibreOffice is a cooperative product of the world, not enslavement/lock-in/a burden indefinitely. It’s easy too. After all, LibreOffice is descended from StarOffice and OpenOffice.org designed from the beginning to be easy to use even for those familiar with M$’s product.
Best of all, once Nantes has kicked the office suite habit pushed by M$, there’s no need for M$’s operating system either. Nantes can now migrate to GNU/Linux and be FREE from M$ completely.