Here, the world’s biggest project involving public administration and free software, the French Gendarmerie, reported that the switch resulted in a major drop in its IT costs.
Using an open source desktop lowers the total cost of ownership by 40%, in savings on proprietary software licences and by reducing costs on IT management. Using Ubuntu Linux massively reduces the number of local technical interventions, says Major Stéphane Dumond. "The direct benefits of saving on licences are the tip of the iceberg. An industrialised open source desktop is a powerful lever for IT governance."
Portugal’s Agency for Administrative Modernisation added further evidence.
Portugal's General Inspection of Cultural Activities shows that a switch can cut IT costs by half (to 169,000 from 329,000 euro per year) and reduce the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) by 84 %.
The complete article is here: Portuguese government set on increasing use of open source