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Consulting Times.com: City of Largo Completes Desktop Transition

Aug 28, 2001, 10:45 (28 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Trey for this link. ]

"In a move to save taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars, the City of Largo is about to deploy an all-Linux groupware solution for the west Florida community. In moving its e-mail, calendars, and scheduling over to the new platform, the "City of Progress" becomes one of the first major enterprises to complete the journey to an all-Linux desktop.

Despite the prevailing wisdom that the Linux desktop is not ready for prime time, Largo has already happily migrated 800 city workers onto the KDE graphical desktop, deployed over an inexpensive thin client network running Red Hat 7.2. With this next step, Bynari's Insight messaging and collaboration tools will replace the older UNIX system running Novell's GroupWise product. The city also has a limited number of PCs running legacy applications, but those too will be phased out as open source replacements become available.

In an exclusive interview with ConsultingTimes, Largo's CIO Harold Schomaker described how the city was initially looking to upgrade and migrate their GroupWise system. 'Novell was going to embrace Linux and write Linux clients. But all of a sudden that got dropped.' Schomaker and his staff explored the possibility of upgrading the existing GroupWise system to meet their needs, but the customization costs were prohibitive."

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