Subject: Microsoft license fees soar for state
From: Tom Hull <>
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2001 13:15:50 -0500

In the Wichita Eagle this morning, amidst all the mayhem, layoffs,
and budget angst, there's an article titled "Microsoft license fees
soar for state":

This strikes me as just the tip of the iceberg: why use so much
Microsoft software that the license fee bump alone comes to $15M?
But the more basic question is how much of this software can be
effectively replaced by free software? And in the cases where
free software alternatives are not "prime time", how much (and
exactly what) work is needed to make the difference?

This seems like a real FSB opportunity.

 *  Tom Hull * thull at *