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Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro 158

jrepin (667425) writes "The government of the autonomous region of Valencia (Spain) earlier this month made available the next version of Lliurex, a customisation of the Edubuntu Linux distribution. The distro is used on over 110,000 PCs in schools in the Valencia region, saving some 36 million euro over the past nine years, the government says." I'd lke to see more efforts like this in the U.S.; if mega school districts are paying for computers, I'd rather they at least support open source development as a consequence.
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Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 27, 2014 @06:13PM (#47545973)

    The region of Valencia has the highest debt of all Spain and has been part of many corruption scandals usually involving stupid expenses, like an airport nobody uses and has cost the citizens millions. Now they claim they are saving money. Yeah, right, only after firing the whole public TV sector in order to save millions. TV sector which coincidentally started to reveal the corruption *after* they were fired, but not while they were being pampered by bribes...

  • by Skarjak ( 3492305 ) on Sunday July 27, 2014 @06:40PM (#47546121)
    The very first line of the summary says they're making available their own custom distro. So they're obviously not free loaders. FFS, I know that most people don't RTFA, but at least RTFS before bitching.
  • Re:TCO (Score:5, Informative)

    by thesupraman ( 179040 ) on Sunday July 27, 2014 @07:10PM (#47546231)

    Most Microsoft TCO analysis involves:

    All equipment being re-purchased to use linux, and then replaced at the standard windows replacement rates, which is BS.
    All administration staff to be assumed to be windows trained but zero knowledge of linux, but are retained, and consultants bought in to run linux
    All microsoft user end software to still be supported (outlook, windows web frontends, databases, office 'apps', etc), requiring additional complexity and many many retained windows servers and workstations.
    Basically they create a horrific hybrid solution required to support any and all historical solutions, keep all the baggage from windows they can, then point out that it costs more.

    The fact is that any reasonably well planned transition is just that - a transition.
    And the savings are clear and obvious, as more and more locations are finding.
    Hell, even the savings of transitioning backend servers to Linux, and frontend software to OSS, while retaining windows for users, are huge.

  • Re:TCO (Score:5, Informative)

    by FatLittleMonkey ( 1341387 ) on Sunday July 27, 2014 @08:49PM (#47546733)

    Good point, thesupraman forgot one additional MS TCO assumption:

    "There's no ongoing transitional costs from Microsoft upgrades."

    Microsoft only compares with a stable Win/Office environment. But often these transitions to Linux/FOSS are made in the face of a major Windows/Office upgrade. So the comparison is "Transition to FOSS vs Transition to different MS-ware".

  • by paugq ( 443696 ) <pgquiles.elpauer@org> on Monday July 28, 2014 @05:28AM (#47548259) Homepage

    In Valencia, they have actually replaced every Windows, Microsoft Office and any other non-FLOSS software with LliureX. It was done last year, when Microsoft threatened to take legal action after the regional government failed to pay for Microsoft licenses. LliureX had been languishing for years before that, after a huge hype, excitement and first deployments about 10 years ago.

    Had Microsoft not threatened to take legal action, Linux would not be in use today. Thank you, Microsoft!

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