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."