ANOTHER loss for M$.....
The agency claims the total cost of ownership of Linux and open source applications is about 40 percent less than proprietary software from Microsoft, according to an article published on the European Union’s Interoperability Solutions for Public Administrations website.
To make the switch less abrupt, the Gendarmerie first moved to cross-platform open source applications such as OpenOffice, Firefox, and Thunderbird. That allowed employees to keep using Windows while they got used to the new applications. Only then did the agency move them onto a Linux OS running these same applications.
Sentiment: Strong Sell
If France actually goes thru with it it wil be like the Munich project where as many as half of all computers used by the City of Munich are still PC's running Windows. Why? Because the workers and employees prefer their Windows OS. The Munich linsux project was a result of the coalition between the Social Democrats and the evil Green party which was violently Marxist and anti private enterprise. The Christian Democrats who have been in power for 5-6 years still intend to dump sux as fast as is practical when they invest in new computers in a couple of years