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ZDNet UK: NHS--5000 Chances for Truth in the OS Wars

Sep 01, 2004, 17:30 (0 Talkback[s])

"The National Health Service's National Programme for IT has decided to deploy 5000 seats of Sun Microsystems' Java Desktop System (JDS). In any other organisation, this would be a massive win and a victory beyond question but since the NHS has recently agreed to renew its deal with Microsoft for 1.2 million Windows desktops, some would say that it's nothing significant.

"We don't know how much Microsoft is charging for its deal, which awaits Treasury approval. It wouldn't be the first time that a governmental organisation has used an alternative to Windows as a bargaining chip--the London Borough of Newham made noises about deploying Linux, only to turn round and choose Windows after all. But there's more to the NHS deal than just staring down Bill..."

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