The following are some success stories for various Companies, Schools and Governments around the world which have moved to Open Source and the Linux platforms. Since Open Source or Linux has no owner, it is hard to realize it's impact on the worlds computing. What we hear or mostly pay attention to are the large Ad's in magazines and on TV. Millions of dollars are spent by a few large computer software manufacturers with deep pockets. These companies depend on the mass media to advertise their products. In the background are millions of talented people, governments and companies who understand World Wide trends and seek out what is available and decide for them selves what is best.
Two stories which are very interesting is the use of Linux in schools. The French Government has created a Government Policy to use Linux in their entire country's schools. Have a read of the English Translation of their policy. Linux in Mexican schools is also widely used. They expect a savings of $124,000,000 by using Linux over using the Other Companies Products. Most cities in California have this same exact problem as France and Mexico. We should pay more attention to these examples from other countrys. This may ease some of our budget problems in our state.
I decided to list a few links which you can read and decide for yourself if Open System is what is best for you or your organization. Feel free to browse the Web yourself, I only selected a few examples of what is out there. There are many more examples.