"Open source software is set to dramatically increase its
foothold in the public sector. Two councils, Newham in London and
Nottingham City Council, are examining the feasibility of shifting
all their 11,500 staff desktop computers from Windows to Linux with
open source desktop applications by the end of the year, according
to E-Government Bulletin.
"To date, open source has made slow progress onto public sector
desktops, with only Penwith District Council in Cornwall and
Scottish Central Police moving all their PCs to Star Office desktop
software over a year ago.
"An expected second wave of pioneers had so far failed to
materialise, but now Newham has commissioned a feasibility study
paving the way for the migration of its 5,000 workstations to open
source later this year..."