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Aug 03, 2001, 19:12 (33 Talkback[s])
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Though they initially picked up StarOffice as a budget stop-gap, the Central Scotland Police say Microsoft's licensing will cost too much and that they hope to do away with Microsoft altogether. The police don't mention adopting Linux in the article, but a Sun marketing manager does: 'Why have the blue screen of death when you can have Linux on your laptop?':

"Speaking exclusively to Computing, Chief Inspector Stewart Marshall, said the force had moved more than 1,000 users to Sun Microsystems' Star Office suite - saving almost a quarter of a million pounds in the process.

'We saw how Microsoft was moving with licensing and how much it was going to cost. Star Office was a sticking plaster until we got some more funding, but He added that he would recommend any organisation looking to reduce its overheads to consider Star Office as an alternative. 'The aim in the foreseeable future is to do away with Microsoft [products] altogether,' Marshall said.

Other large users are seeking ways of reducing software costs. A local council, which does not want to be named, has saved £170,000 by moving 260 desktops onto Star Office, while a large logistics company has complained about the budgetary implications of accepting Microsoft's new terms."

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