"Telstra will explore using the open source Linux OS as part of
a new standard operating platform being scoped by the
telecommunications giant as it looks to reduce its $1.5 billion
annual IT budget.
"Telstra Retail CIO John Pittard said that while Telstra was not
using Linux at present, it was considering the OS in its wide
ranging IT review that will dictate the future direction of
operating platforms supporting Telstra's 45,000 desktops.
"Such a move could see Microsoft further sidelined at its
biggest Australian customer, following a recent deal with Sun
Microsystems that will see Java 2 used as Telstra's web services
platform, as well as revelations that Telstra is considering Sun's
StarOffice desktop application suite as a possible replacement for
Microsoft Office on some or all of its 45,000 desktops..."
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