County Saves Money With Linux-Based E-Gov Solution

Abhijeet Chavan's picture
A financial program running on Linux is helping Stanislaw County, CA, save money [Modesto Bee].

"The Linux server now in use by the county helps manage its finances...employees who track the county's money log on to the server through a Web browser...Because there's only one program for the server instead of hundreds of copies for each computer at employees' workstations, the county also saves money on software licensing..."

"Before the Linux system was set up, the county's check-writing program required a $5,000 payment to the original software creator every time the check design changed � even slightly. For example, if the signature on the county check changed, the county had to pay. If a department moved and the address on its checks had to be changed, the county had to pay. If the logo of a department was updated, it paid again. Now the county can change the checks in-house."
Abhijeet Chavan is co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of Planetizen.


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