"Under Project Firefly, Telstra switched on a desktop trial in
March using two flavours of Linux and a Citrix-based Windows
system, aimed at shifting up to 85 per cent of its computing
desktops to thin-client technology.
"Telstra chief information officer Jeff Smith said he was
determined to end a history of internal duplication and technology
incompatibility by deploying open-source software right across the
telecoms giant, which spends $1.5 billion each year on information
technology. He aims to slice this cost in half within three
"'I would see a big movement from Windows and Unix to Linux,' Mr
Smith said. 'One of the by-products of Linux having its heritage in
Unix is that it is a very stable operating system...'"