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Re: Revenue Service Nearing Linux Migration

"Roy Schestowitz" <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message 
> http://www.tectonic.co.za/view.php?id=882
>  "The South African Revenue Service (SARS) issued a tender (RFT 
> 37/2005)
>  for a proof of concept Linux desktop solution for the tax-collecting
>  government department on 17 February. While SARS admits that the
>  challenge of moving to Linux on the desktop is great, a successful
>  proof of concept could see 14 000 desktops running Microsoft Windows
>  XP SP2 migrated to Linux."
> Linux among governmental bodies is always exceptionally encouraging 
> news.

Kind of a limp effort by the SARS here, roy.  They are not paying 
anything for the set-up and not saying that they will ever switch.  It 
looks like some linux vendor will have to step up to the plate with a 
freebie demo system and a lot of educational effort to vie for the 
opportunity to sell their conversion services to SARS.  It would be 
interesting to see if anyone were to even bid on this gem.  How's your 

On the same issue, how's the gang in Munich making out?  Last I heard, 
they couldn't get any of the departments in the city government to 
volunteer to be the guinea pig for this effort.  The latest plan was to 
put Open Office on a couple of Windows machines and see if anyone would 
salute.  Munich supposedly committed some big bucks to a conversion 
process, but that was a couple of years ago and still nothing has 

There certainly seems to be enough linux horseshit being spread about, 
but no one seems to be able to point to a pony.

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