"When the City of Toronto's Children's Services Division (CSD)
recently decided to migrate 450 of its PCs over to Linux client
workstations, it really didn't raise a lot of eyebrows. According
to Jody McConkey, an IT configuration specialist at CSD, the
municipal organization has always garnered a rep for running
against the pack.
"'We're sort of like the black sheep of the city,' McConkey
said. 'We've never gone with the corporate standard for anything
"The bottom line, according to McConkey, is that with 62
branches, a main office and remote locations including 58 daycare
centres, it didn't make sense from a cost perspective to buy and
maintain traditional PCs. The CSD had a total computer/IT budget of
approximately $2 million--small compared to other city
departments--and there were escalating costs involved in service
and support as old PCs were nearing the end of their lifecycle,
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