FAQ for giving lectures about Free Software

Werner Koch wk at gnupg.org
Thu Jul 6 11:58:04 UTC 2006

On Wed,  5 Jul 2006 18:38, Shane M. Coughlan said:

> science students, don't do a statistical analysis to show a good TCO
> (Total Cost of Ownership).

I would translate TCO as Total Cost of Operation. 

This is because the principle of ownership on software is a very
questionable one and one that most of us would deny.  Further, all
liceses used with proprietary software grant you certain rights on the
software but don't transfer the ownership to you.

Thus the Total Cost of Ownership on proprietory software will always
be zero - you just don't own it :-)



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