[ubuntu-uk] Has anybody seen this and what do you think......
Muñiz Piniella, Andrés
a75576 at alumni.tecnun.es
Wed Jul 31 21:03:54 UTC 2013
El 31/07/2013 21:29, "SuperEngineer" <boosys at gmail.com> escribió:
> On Wed, 2013-07-31 at 20:42 +0100, Pete wrote:
> > I guess most if not everyone out there know that Governments use
> > Windows
> > XP (Uk Gov't) and that it costs quite a huge amount to pay in bulk
> > licenses, including local councils. Does anyone know how much these
> > bulk
> > licenses cost and how many the UK Gov't have?
> Realistically, no government, council or borough would consider
> switching without support. Their choice of system would therefore be
> only those with pro support contracts [which includes Ubuntu/Canonical
> who do provide this vital item]... plus the training costs. This is
> still a win over repeated MS contracts & licenses.
> [and the "this isn't what we were taught in school" syndrome]
> So who out there can convince them the two things they keep missing are
> common senses and real budgetary skills.
> Bill B. [SuperEngineer]
I seem to have a more positive view:
I did email my mp via the http://www.writetothem.com/ website. He is
enviormentally driven so I focused on the amount of computers that go to
skips. He forward my concerns to treasury.
Also contacted the head of arts and culture to see if gnu/linux could be
used in libraries. Via twitter. He said they are keeping an eye on it.
Bottom line if you feel strongly about it, tell your MP.
About training: At the end all most of what people use is a web browser.
If there is interest the economics of it changes: more support companies
will show their heads demonstrating with bigger and bigger companies making
tbe switch. E.g.
Munich claims it saved 10 million euros on the switch.
HP tried to say there was no savings or that there were loses but last I
knew they could not hold their claim.
Goverment has bigger contacts with huge service companies and those can
still be broken.
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