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Computerworld Canada: City Rolls out Desktop Linux

Jul 29, 2003, 17:00 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ryan B. Patrick)

[ Thanks to Tom Mathews for this link. ]

"When the City of Toronto's Children's Services Division (CSD) recently decided to migrate 450 of its PCs over to Linux client workstations, it really didn't raise a lot of eyebrows. According to Jody McConkey, an IT configuration specialist at CSD, the municipal organization has always garnered a rep for running against the pack.

"'We're sort of like the black sheep of the city,' McConkey said. 'We've never gone with the corporate standard for anything we've done.'

"The bottom line, according to McConkey, is that with 62 branches, a main office and remote locations including 58 daycare centres, it didn't make sense from a cost perspective to buy and maintain traditional PCs. The CSD had a total computer/IT budget of approximately $2 million--small compared to other city departments--and there were escalating costs involved in service and support as old PCs were nearing the end of their lifecycle, McConkey said..."

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