[PDF] by the European Union entitled
"Study on the Economic impact of open source software on innovation and the competitiveness of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector in the EU".
"I thought you'd be interested in the conclusion regarding total cost of ownership. Is it true that switching to Open Source will cost you more than staying with Windows, as Microsoft's "Get the Facts" page claims? No. The study found:
"Our findings show that, in almost all the cases, a transition toward open source reports of savings on the long term costs of ownership of the software products."
But what about training costs? Doesn't that remove the benefits? No, the report found:
"Costs to migrate to an open solution are relevant and an organization needs to consider an extra effort for this. However these costs are temporary and mainly are budgeted in less than one year."
So there you are.
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