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iTweb: Novell Offer to Undercut Microsoft

Feb 25, 2004, 19:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Whitford)

"Novell SA MD Stafford Masie says he is negotiating with an outsource partner to provide government with Novell's Linux stack at $50 [R327] a user in a bid to undercut Microsoft's dominance in government.

"Masie made the announcement at the ICT in government conference at the Sandton Convention Centre yesterday.

""Why should government spend R2000 to R3000 [US$305-$459] a user for the desktop and office, when 80% of the users don't need the functionality? If the users don't need the functionality of Microsoft's software, it is much cheaper for them to use an open source solution," he said..."

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