The great irony of Linux desktops in Australia
May 17, 2010, 12:03 (2 Talkback[s])
[ Thanks to Renai
LeMay for this link. ]
"If you go back five years, there was a great deal of
hype about the potential for large Australian organizations to
deploy Linux on their desktop PCs.
"The NSW Government had stipulated in its whole of government
desktop PC purchasing contract that the machines must be able to
run Windows and Linux, and senior Telstra executives had talked
openly about using open source software as a replacement for
"At that stage, Linux vendors like Red Hat and (later on) Novell
were also pushing strongly into the Australian marketplace. There
was a sense that Australia was on the verge of seeing a large Linux
desktop deployment that would become the catalyst for other major
rollouts of the technology.
"The problem is, that desktop rollout never happened."