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Groklaw: Survey of EU Government FLOSS Use Rebuts MS TCO FUD

Jan 20, 2006, 17:30 (1 Talkback[s])

"You know how Microsoft FUD hammers home the idea that total cost of ownership of using GNU/Linux is higher than with Windows, because of needing to train administrators? Well, look at this EU FLOSSpols survey of FLOSS use by 955 European local governments, which found that 'FLOSS users administer 35% more PCs per IT administrator than non-users--FLOSS use appears to reduce administrator workload per PC, and IT departments with high workloads are more likely to want a future increase in FLOSS use.' The survey was done in March of 2005.

"So even if everything Microsoft and buddies said were true, it appears that it would be a one-time expense that, once resolved, leads to perpetual savings thereafter, because you'll need fewer administrators, as they have less to do and so can administer more PCs. And there are administrators already trained and available..."

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