[fosscomm] Looking for short-term consultant for TCO study

jtd at mtnl.net.in jtd at mtnl.net.in
Wed Mar 14 02:10:52 PDT 2012


On Wednesday 14 March 2012 10:06:06 Nagarjuna G wrote:
> 2012/3/14 Guru गुरु <Guru at itforchange.net>
>
> > **
> >
> > On 14/03/12 07:58, Nagarjuna G wrote:
> >
> >
> >
> > 2012/3/13 Raj Mathur (राज माथुर) <raju at linux-delhi.org>
> >
> >> On Tuesday 13 Mar 2012, Sunil Abraham wrote:
> >> > Apologies for posting a job notice on this list. But since it has
> >> > policy implications - I hope you will forgive me.
> >> >
> >> > DIT is looking for a TCO study between FOSS and proprietary software
> >> > at the district level. CIS has promised to undertake this study for
> >> > them.
> >>
> >>  There are 5 types of lies, increasing in degree in order of naming:
> >>
> >> - Lies
> >> - Damned lies
> >> - Statistics
> >> - Benchmark reports
> >> - TCO studies
> >>
> >> So go it and make our case :-)
> >
> > Sunil,
> >
> > 1. how much you will add for each line of source code published?
> > 2. how much would you add for nurturing the collaborative culture among
> > people?
> > 3. how much would you add for self-reliance the nation/agency gains?
> > 4. how much you would add for granting the freedom to use, study, modify
> > and distribute?
> >
> > The paradigms of proprietary software don't match with free software, for
> > there is no single yardstick.  Therefore they are incommensurable.
> >
> > You fell into the trap.
> >
> >  --
> > GN
> > http://metaStudio.org/ reShaping Education
> >
> >  TCO is a meaningless concept in case of proprietary software, where the
> > user only gets a license to use. S/he has no rights over the software -
> > in terms of studying, sharing and modifying /distrbibuting it. Such mere
> > 'license to use' cannot constitute ownership, at the most it is a kind of
> > tenancy right. Since there is no ownership possible in case of
> > proprietary software, there is no question of TCO.
> >
> > I agree with GN - TCO is a red herring, in trying to compare ownership
> > rights which FOSS gives vs tenancy rights of proprietary software.
>
> May be Sunil should take this opportunity to raise such questions and state
> that TCO is an incorrect measure for software, whether it is proprietary or
> free software.

Cost to Rights of ownership v/s limited tenancy.

There should be  plenty of methods to derive this. The finace industry runs on 
this.




-- 
Rgds
JTD


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