NSW state govt signals desktop Linux needs

Posted by daria42 on Sep 20, 2006 11:31 AM EDT
ZDNet Australia; By Renai LeMay
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The NSW state government yesterday went to market for its desktop, notebook and small server needs for at least the next three years, designating the ability to purchase Linux-based systems as "highly desirable".

The state will soon appoint a limited number of vendors to a series of panels which will supply the (substantial) hardware needs of all NSW agencies from November this year until October 2009, with two possible two year extensions.

"This new arrangement will replace the government's existing Contract ITS2000 for personal computers, notebooks, servers and Contract 2100 for computer maintenance services," the government said in tender documents issued today. ITS2000 commenced in 2001 and expires 31 October this year.

The Linux needs were listed in the section detailing the state's hardware requirements, with "can supply Linux at customer's request" being a highly desirable characteristic of potential suppliers of desktop and notebook systems.

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