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How much have you saved by using GNU/Linux?

Postby kamrananvaar » Tue Oct 21, 2008 7:16 am

At a time when economic problems dog the world, people's thoughts generally turn to saving. It is not surprising, therefore, to find many technology writers beginning to recognise that GNU/Linux and other open source software can reduce the amount that companies spend on IT.

http://www.itwire.com/content/view/21267/1090/
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RE: How much have you saved by using GNU/Linux?

Postby johnhudson » Tue Oct 21, 2008 6:51 pm

This is just the first stage - the initial myth; way back in the 1980s when companies started to invest in IT, people assumed it would save them money. It didn't, or rather it did but the sums were tiny.

What it did was increase the productivity of workers in ways people had not expected and so increased the profitability of companies.

I might have spent a few hundred pounds more on software if open source had not been around but I would have used that software in much more limited ways.

Open source had dramatically increased my productivity; I was able to complete a project last winter in six months and to a standard I would not have been able to achieve with proprietary software even with more time. That has led to me getting other projects.

That is the real benefit of open source. To get out of a recession you have to be the company that does things better, not just cheaper.
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RE: How much have you saved by using GNU/Linux?

Postby Spigs » Sun Oct 26, 2008 12:24 pm

Linux hasn't saved me that much time - that's for sure :wink:. But the trade off is - sometimes it allows me to do things that simply aren't possible on other OSes.
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Postby Ugly_spud » Sun Oct 26, 2008 5:51 pm

I have no idea if I've saved money let alone how much by using GNU/Linux.

I have however saved a lot of time with it...and of course I've saved my sanity by switching over completely.
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Postby Rhakios » Sun Oct 26, 2008 6:31 pm

No idea how much money I have saved, however my rate of hair loss has reduced markedly since switching to Linux. This should, in the future save me from spending money on futile hair-restoring creams and/or wigs. :)
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Postby nordle » Wed Oct 29, 2008 9:59 pm

Rhakios wrote:No idea how much money I have saved, however my rate of hair loss has reduced markedly since switching to Linux. This should, in the future save me from spending money on futile hair-restoring creams and/or wigs. :)


Exactly, you can't put a price on sanity!!!

Although, maybe we should, then the NHS might start prescribing it.
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Postby OnlyTheTony » Thu Nov 06, 2008 8:41 am

I'm not sure how much I've saved (apart from the M$ licence fee) since I always tend to buy new hardware when I update my distros (about every 18 months).

I know a client of mine has saved thousands in both support and software fees by switching their servers to Linux from Windows SBS 2003 - why charge a premium in support for an OS that very rarely goes wrong?
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Postby nelz » Thu Nov 06, 2008 10:41 am

Rhakios wrote:No idea how much money I have saved, however my rate of hair loss has reduced markedly since switching to Linux.


Because it had already all fallen out? ;-)
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Postby HINTERG » Thu Nov 06, 2008 5:35 pm

Sod all, because I bought a new laptop just for Linux, and damn glad I did too.
Trying to stay sane in a crazy world......
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Postby Rhakios » Thu Nov 06, 2008 8:02 pm

nelz wrote:
Rhakios wrote:No idea how much money I have saved, however my rate of hair loss has reduced markedly since switching to Linux.


Because it had already all fallen out? ;-)


Selective quoting is cheating, when the second sentence makes a nonsense of this.

Rhakios wrote:This should, in the future save me from spending money on futile hair-restoring creams and/or wigs.
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Postby towy71 » Thu Nov 06, 2008 8:30 pm

Rhakios wrote:Selective quoting is cheating,
ooh the biter bit :P :D
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Postby nordle » Thu Nov 06, 2008 9:05 pm

Rhakios wrote:
nelz wrote:
Rhakios wrote:No idea how much money I have saved, however my rate of hair loss has reduced markedly since switching to Linux.


Because it had already all fallen out? ;-)


Selective quoting is cheating, when the second sentence makes a nonsense of this.

Rhakios wrote:This should, in the future save me from spending money on futile hair-restoring creams and/or wigs.


Clearly all the hair did fall out, hence the saving on futile products.

Should have just stuck with MS, I mean, what with the damage having already been done and all.... hey baldy ;)
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Postby Rhakios » Thu Nov 06, 2008 9:07 pm

Mississippi Kite.
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Postby jjmac » Fri Nov 14, 2008 7:50 am

Nice looking bird but i wouldn't say it was bald. Not directly to its' beck any way.
The 'bandit' look is very sleak.

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How much have you saved by using GNU/Linux?
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Money ? ... quite a lot -=-
Time ? ... and well spent -=-
Sanity ? ... Linux wont keep you sane. If you think it might then you may be already deluded. Not that it should actually contribute ...


Kind of a silly question really , in a way.


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Postby Rhakios » Fri Nov 14, 2008 6:59 pm

jjmac wrote:Linux wont keep you sane.

jm


No, but Sane might keep you using Linux, if you need to use a scanner. ;)

Mississippi Kite has nothing to do with anything above it, it is merely a suitable non-sequitur. OTOH, they are well known for attacking people, so presumably one might have wipped the wig off a baldy, at some point...
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