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Free Software:Ideal for Saskatchewan
Saturday, March 01 2003 @ 09:34 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
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Volume 2 Issue 5 - February 2003

Free Software:Ideal for Saskatchewan

- by Roger Petry

G overnments around the world are adopting Free Software to meet their information technology (IT) needs and reduce costs to citizens. This comes at a time when the Government of Saskatchewan is considering significant changes in its own IT policies, most recently highlighted by its proposal to outsource government IT management to EDS, a Texas-based firm. Given the Government's current need for innovative strategies, the merit of Free Software as a policy option needs to be fully explored.

Free Software, also known as Open Source Software, has been gaining popular recognition as a proven cost-saver. A recent study by Netproject in the United Kingdom suggests the cost of software ownership can be cut by up to 65 per cent through switching to Linux, an Open Source operating system (Turner 2002). Large firms such as Sun, IBM, Hewlett-Packard Co., and Oracle Corp. now provide customer support and services for Linux (Marron 2002). In 2001 alone, IBM invested $1 Billion (U.S.) in Open Source projects (Berger 2002). Increasing use of Free Software by governments, however, is also a global phenomenon with in excess of 66 government Free Software initiatives in over 24 countries (Lohr 2002).

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Free Software:Ideal for Saskatchewan
Authored by: pogson on Sunday, November 13 2005 @ 10:16 AM CST
Not a bad piece. The link for the PDF is broken. Try PDF instead.

"Complexity kills." - Ray Ozzie, Microsoft 2005

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