There have been a number of studies published that portray Windows as less expensive than Linux, so I think you should frame this discussion as what costs in your company will be. Come up with hard costs of what it takes to administer a Windows box vs. a Linux box. Create a spreadsheet with the costs documented in black and white. That's the kind of ammunition you need.
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Keep in mind that your CIO is probably going to be concerned with human switching costs (i.e., the costs to get less technically-sophisticated users up to speed on Linux/Open Office/Evolution -- and don't forget e-mail! Do a small study with a willing end user about how much effort it was to switch. Emphasize that OpenOffice supports Office file formats, so the content of the organization can be retained.
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