FLOSS Nibbles at Government Desktops in UK

The UK has been a bit sluggish in adopting FLOSS on the desktop but that seems to have changed. The latest news is that the Department of Work and Pensions will pilot 1000 FLOSS desktops within a year. Lock-in is reported in M$’s Access and Excel. It’s a one-time expense to overcome those and if the test is planned for the coming year, the lock-in cannot be that bad. The Cabinet has made noises about using more FLOSS and this seems to be the fruit of it.

see UK Department for Work and Pensions to test open source desktop

This could be a big step for FLOSS. DWP has 150K desktops. If DWP adopts GNU/Linux for instance and reports good results from the change. Other departments could follow within a few years.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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4 Responses to FLOSS Nibbles at Government Desktops in UK

  1. oiaohm says:

    Dr Loser as long a staff is scaled equal to Munich 8 years is 8 years.

    Bigger migrations than 150,000 have been done to Linux in a year. You missed a 0 as well.

    Yes 100 years todo 150 000?? To be correct this is wrong. The Linux migration speed once you can start migration is 3 years todo 12 000. Or 37.5 years. I will round up to 38 with Minch level staff. I don’t think its going to take 62 years for them to migration from MS Office to OpenOffice.

    That is the key thing from the Munich report its the migration from MS Office to Openoffice that is you time eater. That has reduced from the time Munich project started.

    With projected medical advances many of us could be living into 200 years old Dr Loser so a 100 year project is inside our life times.

  2. Dr Loser says:

    Munich is small. In fact, it’s a shrivelled carcass.

    Multiply up that eight years of fail by a factor of 150,000/1,200 … I believe that is your favourite method of mathematical prediction, Robert … and it’s fair to see that none of us will ever see this happen in our life times.

  3. Governments and huge businesses lead in number of desktops. Just about everyone uses a PC these days and governments are top employers. Education is also large. Brazil, Spain, Russia, India and China have rolled out huge networks in schools. In developed markets, there are typically less than 3 students per PC. Even in some remote places there are fewer than 10 students per PC. How many students are there? Brazil plans to have 350K seats using multiseat X in schools. Andalusia, Spain rolled out 200K seats. Userful claims 356K seats is the largest virtual desktop rollout anywhere.

  4. oiaohm says:

    Really migrations like what is being talked about today make Munich look small.

    Really interesting question is where are the biggest desktop networks.

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