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Study on cost savings thanks to free software

The objective of this study is that the Ministry of Internal Affairs of France can identify more precisely in which areas the use of free licenses would achieve cost savings, the magnitude of these software economies and the legal conditions for realizing these projects.

After analyzing the most important cases where free software is used (in the public sector) and after taking into account the information system of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the study identifies in which software segments (office, databases, operating systems, …) it is most likely to have cost savings.

For calculating the cost savings, the study looks at the total cost of ownership, not only the costs saved from licenses.

You can read the study (in French) here: http://wiki.april.org/w/Fichier:Rapport_economies_realisables_grace_au_logiciel_libre.pdf