Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Gillian was assigned to research GNU/Linux and found out that it would meet all the needs her department required and could be easily used instead of Microsoft Windows. Moreover, this switch to open source software would save them a lot of money. Gillian made a nice proposition outlined in a paper that documented all the steps she and her IT coworkers needed to take for this transition to happen. A lot of people liked her idea and thought it was feasible. Gillian even managed to convince the higher-ups who thought it was a good idea as well. However, like in all bureaucracies large or small, she still needed to get approval from the management. Little did she know that the management never genuinely wanted to switch over.
Instead, they took Gillian's research and did what they wanted to do from the beginning. They used it as a leverage to get the Microsoft representative to get them a much better deal. They said that they were going to switch over to GNU/Linux if Microsoft doesn't give them a discount. The Microsoft representative didn't want to lose this client and gave them a very nice deal comparing to what they were paying before, so they wouldn't switch their computers to open source software.