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[News] 2009 and 2010 for Free Software in Business Applications

  • Subject: [News] 2009 and 2010 for Free Software in Business Applications
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 23 Dec 2009 19:48:12 +0000
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ERP in 2009: Looking back, looking ahead

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| Free and open-source ERP options proliferate
| Going into 2010, companies have more options 
| than ever for free and open-source ERP 
| software. There are at least 10 open-source 
| products in the market, with some more mature 
| than others. 


Hail And Farewell, Part Two

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| If open source's collective mission is to 
| change the way software is designed and used, a 
| goal like this would have more genuine benefit 
| than almost anything else I can think of. The 
| real dividing lines would be between what 
| programs are worth using and which ones fall 
| short -- not which ones hew to a specific 
| licensing model or were built under the 
| auspices of a given social contract. In many 
| realms, this has already happened: most people 
| don't care if a given CMS, for instance, is 
| open source or not; they care if it fits their 
| needs as a business. The next step will be to 
| have the software makers themselves reach this 
| stage -- where they can consider open vs. non-
| open without it being a political issue.
| I don't know if that day will ever come, but 
| it sounds like a pretty good goal to me. 



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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