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Jan 21, 2003, 22:00 (14 Talkback[s])
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"It seems safe to assume that there's at least one state computer per state employee, and that the computers have an average life cycle of three years, so the state probably purchases about 20,000 new computers every year. It also seems safe to assume that at least 95 percent of these come with a Microsoft operating system and that at least half of them come with Microsoft applications like Works, Word and Office.

"So it would appear that the average state computer might have about $200 worth of Microsoft software. Run that across 20,000 new computers a year, and that's $4 million a year that leaves our state to enrich people in the state of Washington.

"If the state just switched to Linux (or free BSD, for that matter), most of that money would stay here. Further, with the state setting the example, many local governments (162,000 employees in 1999) would doubtless follow suit..."

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