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iTnews: Telstra Eyes Linux Amid Capex Cuts

Aug 22, 2002, 03:00 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Sainsbury)

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"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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