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[News] New Zealand Explores Large Migration to Free Software and GNU/Linux

  • Subject: [News] New Zealand Explores Large Migration to Free Software and GNU/Linux
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 08 Feb 2010 09:27:27 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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New approach sought with open source desktops

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| Horizons Regional Council "would be remiss 
| not to investigate alternatives" to 
| Microsoft on the desktop, as it has a 
| responsibility to the ratepayers that fund 
| it to spend their money wisely, says 
| William Gordon, IT team leader at the 
| council.
| Horizons, covering a large area of the mid-
| North Island, has agreed to participate in 
| the Public Sector Remix project, devised by 
| the NZ Open Source Society.
| âWeâll be trialling the Ubuntu-based 
| desktop devised for the Remix project, 
| initially on six to eight PCs,â Gordon 
| says.
| The council expects to start the trial 
| within the next two months. There is no 
| firm plan for project duration, but it will 
| probably last between four and six weeks, 
| he says. Horizons wants to have a month-end 
| included in the test, to test the open 
| source systemsâ ability to handle regular 
| peaks in workload.
| The main driver for Horizons to consider 
| open source was the failure of the 
| governmentâs G2009 negotiations for bulk 
| purchase of Microsoft software last year.
| âThat caused us to realise that we should 
| be investigating alternatives for the next 
| three-year cycle.â


Open source means freedom from 'anti-features'

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| Proprietary vendors are using "anti-
| features", features that no user would ever 
| want, to protect intellectual property, 
| Benjamin âMakoâ Hill, from the 
| Massachusetts Institute of Technology, told 
| the linux.conf.au open source conference 
| last month.
| But IP protection is only one of several 
| reasons vendors introduce such features 
| into their products.
| An anti-feature serves the interests of the 
| vendor, he says, not the user. A typical 
| example is the set of limitations placed on 
| the Home Basic version of Microsoftâs Vista 
| operating system; these restricted memory 
| and disk-storage support and limited the 
| user to at most three concurrent 
| applications using the graphical user 
| interface, Hill says.



NZ Post to Try Linux Desktop

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| The New Zealand Post is one of three
| government agencies looking to rip out their
| Windows desktops and replace them with Linux
| and open source applications.

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