apdyck writes "The Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu (Elcot) in India is rolling out SuSE Linux on over 30,000 workstations and 1,880 servers, many of which are being used in schools and other Government organisations. They are saying that the initial savings is approximately 33% (based on licensing costs for software vs. free software), and even more over the long term as they will be able to continue using hardware long after the Windows life cycle would have ended. From the article:
The decision to move to Linux could not have been anything if not daunting. As the nodal agency for information and communication technology of a state with the population of the UK, Elcot has enormous responsibilities — current projects include creating an electoral database and photo identity cards, computerizing land records and driving licenses, producing eight million farmers cards and 18 million family cards (used by families below the poverty line to draw monthly rations from the PDS), among others. In short, there are a million ways they can blow it.
But Umashankar knew what needed to be done. He was convinced that it was only a matter of time before the price of staying proprietary became crushing. With every technology refresh, with every piece of additional hardware, with every new school that his department provided for, with every new service they wanted to offer various government bodies and with every new PC Elcot bought, staying proprietary came at a significant price. "Link to Original Source