"Novell SA MD Stafford Masie says he is negotiating with an
outsource partner to provide government with Novell's Linux stack
at $50 [R327] a user in a bid to undercut Microsoft's dominance in
"Masie made the announcement at the ICT in government conference
at the Sandton Convention Centre yesterday.
""Why should government spend R2000 to R3000 [US$305-$459] a
user for the desktop and office, when 80% of the users don't need
the functionality? If the users don't need the functionality of
Microsoft's software, it is much cheaper for them to use an open
source solution," he said..."