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Indian LUG: TCO: Total Cost of Ownership--A Case for Linux in Schools

Jan 17, 2003, 05:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay)

"Amidst the brouhaha over the Microsoft sponsored study that reflected the act that 'in the long run, the TCO for systems running Linux as OS would be considerably higher than ones running on MS platforms,' one item that got lost is the usage of the word TCO. TCO as defined by the above mentioned IDC study relates to the cost of ownership, however in this case the author would like to evaluate TCO as Total Cost of Operations and thus extrapolate the inherent benefits of schools switching their networks over to a more viable and cost effective Linux based setup...

"FreeBSD and Linux systems can be of enormous benefits to school business models. While these operating systems have long been adopted as the backbone of the IT industry, running web-servers and the like, they are also in areas of mission critical importance replacing Microsoft and Novell File Server(s). The Linux operating system and other OS under the umbrella of OpenSource or Free Software movement can be obtained for free from the local Linux Users Group--nothing comes cheaper than that. Yet the price may not be the only advantage that schools will obtain from such a switch over. Recent developments in application suites entail that a wide array of established and presumed applications and operations are handled by such OSs. Moreover, the unique networked environment in schools makes Linux a better choice..."

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