On 18-Aug-08, at 1:14 PM, Erach wrote:
Now the key issue is that has anyone taken a
software project of say
one year and shown it is cheaper to develop using Windows v/s LINUX
for the "easy to use touted set of Windows tool v/s which tool set to
use of LINUX".
in my experience it is more expensive to develop in FOSS, for the
simple reason that the developers hired have to actually know what
they are doing, so cost much more. In the long run, though, once the
software is developed and deployed, the software is far cheaper to
maintain. If I am not mistaken, when Munich opted for FOSS, the FOSS
bid was much higher than the proprietary software bids.
The general opinion of people in the software industry (programmers and
potential clients) is that Windows programmers are cheaper and available
in large quantities whereas FOSS programmers are few and quote
astronomical rates for their work.