Why are we still using proprietary software where millions of rupees are spent on licensing?
why not using Open Source?
Today we have a many communities developing Open Source software and many Open Source OS are available. After carrying out an analysis on different government web portal, we can see that only Mauritius is spending a lot of money on proprietary software. In 2012 the government spent millions of rupees for buying around 7000 Microsoft licenses. Recently there has been a huge investment on the gov.mu website. The website is on a Microsoft platform which is not the most stable platform.
Famous websites like Google, Facebook, YouTube etc are running on Linux. Why are we wasting money then?
Let’s have a look at the results of the analysis:
- FrontPage (Edititor)
- Jquerry 1.7.1
- jQuerry UI
- Microsoft ASP.NET
- Microsoft SharePoint
- IIS (Web server)
- Windows server (OS)
- jQuerry 1.5.1
- jQuerry UI 1.8.13
- PHP 5.3.10
- Debian (OS)
- jQuerry 1.7.2
- SWF Object
- jQuerry UI
What are the cost behind Windows Server License and SharePoint license?
Windows Server 2008 R2 with 25 CALs cost around $3,900.
SharePoint Enterprise License cost arround $57,000.
Even developed countries are adopting Open Source. Last year in the month of September the French National Police move 37,000 Desktop PCs to Linux. Even in Munich, the Mayor said that they have made a 10 million EURO savings after having shifted to Open Source. Moreover the Mayor said that they shifted to Open Source not only because of money but because of freedom.
The government of Mauritius must take these as example. We have great Potential in Mauritius for example LUGM (Linux User Group Mairitius)
Go for Open Source it will save money and there will be more freedom!!!