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[News] Free Software Can Save India Over $2,000,000,000 Per Year - OSI

  • Subject: [News] Free Software Can Save India Over $2,000,000,000 Per Year - OSI
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2009 09:31:19 +0100
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Open Source Software Can Save India $2 BN/year--At least!

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| I am glad to see a mainstream business resource like the 
| Business Standard publishing a reasoned analysis and 
| properly recognizing just how much waste there is in 
| India's current procurement practices. The bad news is 
| that the numbers are likely much, much larger. The good 
| news is that that waste can be eliminated, and India could 
| be much, much richer the sooner it makes a more decisive 
| shift from proprietary dependency to open source 
| independence.


Open Source Appeal: It Comes Down to Costs

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| Noah Broadwater, vice president of information services at 
| Sesame Workshop, is also keen on using open source. But as 
| a technologist at the nonprofit group best known for its 
| children's TV show, "Sesame Street," he approached open 
| source from a very different perspective than that of 
| larger enterprises.



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?

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| 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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