Here's a thought:
What if all the major governments all had a meeting, and came up with a
basic set of IT functionalities that they use, across the board: health,
transport, in-house, welfare etc etc etc, and pooled their money together to
get a main system built up, open source. That would save a lot of countries
a lot of money in the long run. Common functionality = common benefits,
common problems = common solutions. Have a central system where all
troubleshooting/problem solving was logged, and they would save even more
again. Then use the developers to add on bespoke functionality that each
On Thu, Mar 5, 2009 at 11:55 PM, Timothy Murphy <tim at maths.tcd.ie> wrote:
> On Thursday 05 March 2009 12:06:54 Niall O Broin wrote:
>> > > Anyone got an estimate of how much the government might save
> > > if it went over to open source software?
> > Do we subtract the amount it'd lose by pissing off Microsoft so that
> > they pulled out of Ireland, or is that a separate budget?
>> I agree that that is something to take into account.
> But other countries seem to have gone along the OSS route.
> Did MS pull out in those cases?
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