Australia has been dragging its feet in adoption of FLOSS but that is changing.“Acer also revealed to ARN that it has also just picked up the contract for Victoria’s police force, providing 12,500 devices, including 1000 laptops. It already provides hardware and support to the South Australian and Tasmanian police forces. Further details will be made available shortly.
Already in 2014 it has won a major joint-tender contract from a consortium of Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales’ Electoral Commissions, that will see the company provide 5100 tablets for vote counting purposes at each state’s forthcoming elections. All of these Acer branded devices will run Android, and deployment begins shortly.
"Traditionally if you look at those spaces they use enterprise software, such as Windows 8, so using Android is quite unusual," Simmons said…
As part of Woolworth’s new move to the Cloud, Acer also won the contract to provide the supermarket giant with 5000 of its Chromebooks.” The struggling OEM, Acer, is selling FLOSS like hotcakes in Australia. I told you small cheap computers sell. Acer knows that. Australia knows that. With modern hardware and no tax from M$, the price/performance of FLOSS on ARM or Intel is irresistable.
This is a good indicator that Wintel has lost huge mindshare, the kind of mindshare that allowed M$ to bundle its software with almost every PC in production as recently as 2005. Today, many realize that we are better off running software on servers and reaping the benefit of thousands of small cheap computers running FLOSS as PCs. Call them thin clients, dumb terminals or other terms of denigration, the benefits of the networked computer are too great to resist any longer. The network gives us independence from M$ because the network uses open standards not controlled by M$. Hundreds of millions of consumers have seen other operating systems at work in their own hands so there is a lot less resistance to change at work. In fact, consumers as employees are demanding IT in organizations finally work for us rather than against us as happened for a decade or longer under M$’s brutal regime.