Published at LXer:
The Ministry of Justice has added an extra policy covering total cost of ownership to its Open Source Adoption Paper, a paper described by New Zealand Open Source society President Don Christie as “groundbreaking”. The new policy says the ministry should make systems adoption and replacement decisions based on full lifecycle costs. The paper suggests TCOtool (www.tcotool.org
), an open-source toolset, as a useful way to compare real costs.