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ZDNet UK: Assessing the Scalability of Open Source

Dec 22, 2006, 01:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Deb Shinder)

"Small businesses with small budgets can save a lot of money by deploying open-source software--at least in theory. The Linux operating system and office productivity software such as OpenOffice can be downloaded free. That sounds a lot better than paying $200 (£101.49) for each system's OS and $300-500 more for an Office suite.

"Also in theory, large companies stand to save even more because they need so many more copies of each software program. Multiply $500 savings per machine by 100 computers and we're looking at substantial cost savings: $50,000 (£25,373)..."

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