Could it be that they are using That Other OS almost exclusively and spending the taxpayers’ money“In 2014, the Australian governmentâ€™s ICT spending reached A$5.8 billion, representing 8.5% of the total ICT spend. It is forecasted to grow to A$6.2 billion by 2018. IT services represents the largest spending category valued at A$2.75 billion but the strongest 5-year CAGR growth is for software at 7.0%.”
See Australian Government ICT Spending is set to exceed A$6.2 billion by 2018 foolishly on software they could acquire for very little cost and upgrading hardware too often to compensate for software bloat, slowing down, and malware?
It’s just a thought. Imagine what I could have done wasting that much money on IT in typical schools:
- replace PCs every other year, whether they needed it or not,
- provide every student with a PC with its own private Internet connection, or
- buy a whole rack of servers annually, just because we could afford it…
Instead we had way more IT than most schools because we got hardware from the recycling bins of businesses and Free Software from Debian. We did exactly the same sorts of things governments need to do: store, find, create, modify and present documents, run databases and servers.
When will the government of Australia wake up? When will the voters and taxpayers demand they wake up?
PS: Yesterday, Sunday, 2015-05-17, 1.83% of page-views from Australia were made with GNU/Linux. Last Wednesday, 2015-05-13, the share was 1.37%. Some people in Australia have a clue. They should tell their friends and their politicians.