Fontaine Walks The Talk

“By 2009, most server-based operation had been moved to free software, including email, file and directory services. The town in 2008 began replacing desktop applications, switching to Mozilla Firefox web browser, Mozilla Thunderbird for email and OpenOffice for office productivity. The proprietary tools are gradually phased out.
 
The final phase, switching to an open source PC operating system (Ubuntu Linux), started in 2014. A first pilot involved 20 staff members, including senior management and elected officials. Last year, staff members could volunteer to have their workstation switched. These days, new workstations will have Linux installed by default, unless the staff member refuses. The IT department estimates that by the end of 2018, 70% of all workstations will be running Linux.
 
"From a purely financial point of view, buying PCs without an operating system allows us to make substantial savings of around 30%", the IT director reports.”
 
See ‘Open source values match municipal public services’
Yet another example of a local government gradually adopting FLOSS on servers and desktops, Fontaine, France, took a decade, saving a bundle and taking full control of their IT. That’s the right way to do IT, GNU/Linux and FLOSS everywhere.

I’m not surprised at their savings. In schools where I did migration to GNU/Linux desktops, break-even was immediate with less effort required to maintain the fleet observed instantly and little or no capital cost. I had top to bottom support for the move, too. Everyone hated the costs and problems of That Other OS.

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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