France's Ministry of the Interior enjoys massive savings with open source | Apertura Designs

France's Ministry of the Interior enjoys massive savings with open source

In what will be reassuring news for small businesses interested in making the switch to open source, France's Ministry of the Interior has announced cost savings on the order of five times cheaper in switching to the Mozilla Thunderbird business email client:

"France's Ministry of the Interior says its use of Thunderbird, a free software email client, running on its 200,000 PCs since 2008, is five times cheaper than the use of the ubiquitous proprietary alternative . . . on desktops, it uses suites of office productivity tools, all leading to substantial savings."

We can say with some certainty that the "ubiquitous proprietary alternative" referred to is Microsoft's costly Outlook email client. A large government department realising such substantial cost savings by replacing a critical piece of proprietary software is the perfect exemplar for smaller organisations looking to validate the quality and cost of open source alternatives.

(And by the sounds of it, the same Ministry has moved to open source office software as well—we'll surmise either similar to or in fact LibreOffice.)

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