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Old 16th March 2011
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Default Netherlands open source report says no savings can be made

From http://www.h-online.com/open/news/it...e-1209215.html

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Recent reports of the large savings, in the realms of billions of euros per year, that could be made in Dutch government by switching to open source and open standards have been sharply contradicted by the publication of the official report of the Dutch General Audit Chamber (GAC) investigation into cost savings that could be made
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Do you happen to have a link to the report? (Didn't search yet, maybe you already did).
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The H-online article has some links, but none to the report itself,
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That seems a bit odd. The article included that exit costs were a part of the current system and not the possible open source. I don't see why it shouldn't be cheaper. Material is there.
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Found it:
http://www.rekenkamer.nl/Actueel/Ond..._rijksoverheid (Dutch)
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I am not surprised at all? There is a hidden cost of open source software which requires usually much higher competence from users and administrators alike.
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Microsoft's lobbying did it again. The statements are full of rubbish (the German government recently came out with the same kind of report, by the way). It's the usual 'there are no printer drivers', 'replacing all current MS Office applications would be expensive' and bla, and bla, and bla. One can easily answer: buy a printer that is supported (and standardize for a change, instead of having every decentralized department decide on its own hardware). Furthermore: of course you don't want to replace MS Office within the timeframe of a running contract, that would be differential additional cost; you wait until the contract needs to renewed (usually three years). And finally, and I think the most important point: instead of having thousands of help desk employees answering calls about crappy (MS) software that doesn't work (outsourced of course, so it is guaranteed you pay a triple price for a man hour) retrain these people so they can develop open source software so you can help improve open source software. Now that would be a useful usage of tax payers money that now is being wasted on MS and such.
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