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A bad time to be selling IT to the Commonwealth?

By johnboy 15 October 2008 25

MIS Australia has a story from the Financial Review on how hard it is to be selling information technology to Government right now.

It’s $6 billion worth of business.

Will anyone notice if it’s gone?

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tylersmayhem 8:27 am 16 Oct 08

I’d say it’s a pretty crap time to be selling anything to the Government.

johnboy 4:26 pm 15 Oct 08

Agreed, the stripped down ‘nix they’re putting on netbooks these days is a much simpler beast for the user than Windows in all its hideous complexity and nested check boxes.

nathan 4:22 pm 15 Oct 08

harvyk1 said :

an OS which is harder to use that windows

That may have been the case as recently as five years ago; I refute that it is the case now.

I installed Ubuntu on the Significant Other’s lappy when she was finding Windows XP too unreliable, and asked her to try it for a month. She found there was nothing she wanted to do that she could do with Windows but not Ubuntu, and was impressed by the speed, reliability and versatility.

The only part that didn’t work at the time was the inbuilt wifi, however, her chipset is supported in the latest release. She now recommends Ubuntu to her friends.

As for sysadmin – you only need one build for the whole State, then it’s just users. Pretty much the same as Windows.

Loquaciousness 4:08 pm 15 Oct 08

harvyk1 said :

As for linux on student laptops, don’t make me laugh. Unless teachers have really improved their IT skills in the last 10 years I doubt any teacher would be able to work out how to turn a linux laptop on, let alone show kids how to use it. They couldn’t really do it with windows, so using an OS which is harder to use that windows probably ain’t going to happen. Plus MS would probably step in and offer very competitive pricing, as they saw the IBM \ Apple tactics of the early 80’s, and we all know who won that battle.

Sad, but true. The Linux desktop has come a long way in the past few years, to the point that most average punters could use it to go online, read email, browse the web etc. But when it comes to sysadmin – there’s a long way to go yet.


harvyk1 4:07 pm 15 Oct 08

I know they did, just that was roughly the amount of time it took for their share price to go from roughly $2.40 in late May 2007 to 8c, including a period of suspension from the ASX.

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