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[News] Government of India Can Save Billions by Moving to Free Software -- Claim

  • Subject: [News] Government of India Can Save Billions by Moving to Free Software -- Claim
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 16 Sep 2009 11:32:15 +0100
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Open source software can save India $2 bn

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| As Indian consumers and enterprises evaluate the option of 
| upgrading to Microsoftâs much-touted operating system (OS) 
| Windows 7, to be officially launched on October 22, the free 
| and open source software (FOSS) community has fired yet 
| another salvo at proprietary software.
| In the year 2010, if FOSS is adopted at 50 per cent levels 
| across the economy, India can save around $2 billion (around 
| Rs 9,800 crore), suggests a study conducted by the Indian 
| Institute of Management-Bangalore. Even a very conservative 
| estimate, notes the study, pegs the cost savings for use of 
| FOSS on servers as an operating system or as an application 
| at Rs 138 crore in 2010.


Could India Save Billions With FOSS? Whose Numbers Are Accurate?

,----[ Quote ]
| I suspect that such truly independent numbers would show 
| that there are truths to weigh behind both Red Hat's and 
| Microsoft's positions. Support and training are cost centers 
| in big software deployments, but companies like Red Hat 
| specialize in minimizing the costs for them. As is always 
| true with statistics, it can get very hard to discern 
| whether the ones we see are lies, damned lies, or truths.



MLAs to go e-way with pre-loaded linux laptops

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| The MLAs in the State are going e-way like their counterparts in other
| States, but with a difference. The 141 MLAs in the Kerala Legislative
| Assembly will be provided with pre-loaded GNU/Linux laptops, giving a clear
| indication that the State is still bonded to the idea of free software. The
| Kerala Legislative Assembly website has published the tender for
| pre-installed open source purchase with Linux Ubuntu certification.


Saving a Billion Using Open Source

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| A leading bank in India saved Rs 100 crore by moving from MS Office to Open
| Office. It is simple mathematicsâif MS Office costs Rs 11,000 per user, and
| the organization has 1,00,000 desktops, the company would save a cool Rs 110
| crore on licensing costs if it moved to Open Office. Even if we budget Rs 10
| crore for training and support costs, the company would end up saving Rs 100
| crore.

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