The council's Windows 2000 licence runs out in 2010 and it is apparently in the process of installing its own Linux distribution on its desktops.
The council said that it would take at least three years for the new software to bed down. It said its main motivation for the move was to avoid pressure to migrate to other versions of Windows.
According to Techworld, the new Linux is based on Debian using the Linux operating system kernel version 2.6.9-1, the Firefox Web browser and KDE 3.3 as the graphical user interface, it has been dubbed WIENUX.
The system includes OpenOffice version 1.1.3, which was originally developed in Germany. Employees have been advised to start using the new system so that any kinks can be ironed out over time.
The council uses 18,000 PCs, 8200 printers and 560 servers. Around 150 of the servers already use operating systems such as FreeBSD and Linux. µ
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