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NSW Government not giving away Linux vs Microsoft details

Apr 16, 2009, 19:32 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David M. Williams)

"When the tender was first put forth DET mandated a price of $500 per machine. Given that had to include hardware and software it certainly looked like Linux had a strong foot forward from the get go.

"It is not at all surprising that Microsoft would have gone in with aggressive pricing to secure a deal. Although, of course, any licensing cost is still more than that imposed by a Linux option.

"It stands to reason the more spent on software the less budget remained for hardware. Could Linux options have included better quality laptops than those put forward by Lenovo? Indeed, did the Lenovo/Microsoft combo exceed $500 per unit?

"I pursued the office of Hon. Verity Firth, Minister for Education. I'd asked if it was possible to get information detailing the companies who had tendered, the technical specifications of their hardware and software, and their costings."

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