“The last 18 months has seen Europeâ€™s biggest Microsoft replacement project, with 47,000 new machines running Windows 7 and 10 over the last year allowing for the scrappage of ones running Windows XP, NT and even 98. â€œHaving said that, there are still 10,000 people working in primary care, delivering care, without any technology in their hands,â€ adds Corbridge.”
See Ireland’s govt IT: Recession and job cuts forced us to adaptWhile everyone around the world has embraced */Linux and ARM to help stem the hemorrhage in IT, Ireland, while extremely hard-pressed economically, renewed licences with M$ and left many governmental workers not equipped with IT in the lurch. How stupid! How short sighted!
For 15 years or so, I was in those same financial straits in schools where I taught and GNU/Linux and FLOSS (Free/Libre Open Source Software) was the obvious solution. Obviously, one is better off to have IT for all rather than paying monopolistic prices for IT for a few. In schools, that meant extending the life of IT, elimination of malware and re-re-reboots, freedom from paper, freight for paper, storage for paper, … For governments freedom from lock-in to M$ and “friends” saved huge sums which could have been better spent on hardware or employees. Sigh.