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John R. McPherson jrm21@c...
Mon Apr 11 11:18:15 NZST 2005


On Mon, 2005-04-11 at 10:20 +1200, Bnonn wrote:
> <http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/UNID/39A5FAC6A45E8FB2CC256FDA00319B5C?OpenDocument&Highlight=2,DHB>
> 
> ---
> DHBs to test open source alternative to Windows and Office
> Boards band together to reduce their software licensing costs
> 
> Stephen Bell, Wellington

[snip]

No need to reproduce the entire article if you give us the URL. It's
a waste of bandwidth, and a breach of copyright.

> First, the DHBs will pilot an open source desktop environment, being put 
> together by Steve Rayner, CIO of Wanganui DHB, to assess how many users 
> it will serve adequately. Rayner plans to support two categories of 
> user: "power users" with Microsoft desktop software, and "regular 
> clinical users" with Novell Enterprise Desktop, OpenOffice.org and 
> GroupWise running on Suse Linux.

As long as this doesn't make the linux desktop users feel 'second class'
or give the impression of 'using cheaper inferior software' then this
seems like a smart move. $20million in saved licensing could pay for a
lot of new hardware, or custom software development...

John

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