Why bother with open source software when Microsoft has the market sewn up? The cost of GNU/Linux (it is freely available to whoever wants it) is not always the primary issue! Usability, reliability, security, and developerability are often just as, and for different users even more, important issues.
GNU/Linux offers a value proposition that money can not buy. The investment in GNU/Linux is really an investment in human beings working to bring a better and coordinated solution to the organisation. A solution that in the long run delivers more for less, without the traditional tie-in of proprietary systems.
We begin with a review of major decisions by governments and organisations the world over, then review some of the key benefits.