"No one thinks Novell's recent deal to participate in a federal
IT purchasing program will open the floodgates to Linux and open
source in Uncle Sam's boxes, but the deal coincides with a trend
toward a younger federal workforce set to replace aging workers,
and the technology that they use as well.
"Linux and other open source software is likely to be a big part
of that change. However, the U.S. federal IT work force is not set
to start retiring in significant numbers for another five years or
so, according to Yankee Group analyst Andy Efstathiou. So how did
Novell pull that deal...?"