osOpinion: Linux: Save the Government Million$Sep 08, 1999, 06:05 (20 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Billings)
[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]
"In a recent article Paul Ferris of LinuxToday made a bit of an argument, that the US govt. should use Free Software/Open Source Software for security reasons."
"While I'm certainly not going to argue with him, I have a much simpler reason why the US govt. should use Free/Open Source software (since that's getting to be a lot of typing.... From now on, I'm going to use Free Software and Open Source Software interchangeably. Just insert whichever term is your preference). Quite simply, it's a concept most anyone can understand. Saving money."
"When you think about the thousands, quite probably even millions of computers used by various govt. agencies, when you think that you end up paying even $20 for a copy of Windows on each of those systems, it will add up quickly to a rather large sum. Then, consider that using Linux or FreeBSD, a single CD could legally be used to install a copy of the OS on each and every one of those systems.... The price per install becomes negligible rather quickly. Even if you buy a separate CD for each individual agency, you're still going to be saving quite a bit of money on OS licensing fees."