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News.com.au: Telstra Goes Open-Source

Sep 02, 2003, 13:00 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Sainsbury, Kelly Mills)

"Under Project Firefly, Telstra switched on a desktop trial in March using two flavours of Linux and a Citrix-based Windows system, aimed at shifting up to 85 per cent of its computing desktops to thin-client technology.

"Telstra chief information officer Jeff Smith said he was determined to end a history of internal duplication and technology incompatibility by deploying open-source software right across the telecoms giant, which spends $1.5 billion each year on information technology. He aims to slice this cost in half within three years.

"'I would see a big movement from Windows and Unix to Linux,' Mr Smith said. 'One of the by-products of Linux having its heritage in Unix is that it is a very stable operating system...'"

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