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[wlug] DHBs to test open source alternative to Windows and Office

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Craig Mckenna craig@e...
Mon Apr 11 16:29:44 NZST 2005

On Mon, 2005-04-11 at 15:30 +1200, Pete wrote:
> I'd assume that:
> - the project is outsourced
> - the DHB will pay an arm and a leg for a silly report
> - the report will find that going Linux/Open Source is too risky
> The above scenario will be repeated by other govt agencies.
> Given the size of the government and all their agencies, perhaps the
> best investment would be to setup something like government computing
> services (GCS - hmm, why does this ring the bell??? ;). Maybe I don't
> know enough about politics or the politicians and their cronies network,
> but it is certainly true that they seldom seem to be getting value for
> money when it comes to software development. Could it perhaps be that a
> ROI is not the primary intention, nahh!
No it tends to be a case of they attempt to please everyone with the

They attempt to get a "perfect" system, rather than a system that does
what is required.

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