Kennards' Linux switch over a year ago

Kennards Hire today clarified that it had moved its desktop fleet from Linux to Windows machines over a year ago.

Kennards Hire today clarified that it had moved its desktop fleet from Linux to Windows machines over a year ago.

The Australian IT reported this morning that the plant and equipment company had decided to ditch 300 desktop machines running the Fedora variant of Linux, replacing them with Windows-based thin clients.

A spokesperson for Kennards confirmed the report, but clarified that the transition had already been made over a year ago.

He stated that the move to Windows was "a more logical solution as far as an OS is concerned", with management favouring Windows-based software solutions. He asserted that while the transition was not yet complete, the company had replaced all back-end systems, with front-end machines to be removed in the next six months. Kennards has also moved to a Citrix-based environment as part of the migration.

Kennards' earlier move from Windows to Fedora Linux was touted as one of the biggest Linux desktop projects in Australia. The transition was scheduled for completion in 2006 and was initially planned to roll-out 400 machines to 90 front-end locations. However, it was later scaled back to 300 machines.

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