"The NHS is to begin trials of a desktop Linux software suite in
a move it says could free up money for the frontline health service
and save taxpayer millions of pounds.
"The health service will evaluate Sun Microsystems' Java Desktop
System package, which includes the SUSE Linux operating system, a
browser, StarOffice and Ximian email.
"NHS director general of IT Richard Granger, said in a
statement: 'Our evaluation of the Java Desktop System holds the
promise of allowing a greater share of NHS funding to flow directly
towards improved levels of Patient Service. If this solution were
to prove effective we could save the NHS and the Taxpayer many
millions of pounds whilst at the same time using rich and
innovative software technology...'"