NSW government delays multimillion dollar Linux tender

NSW government delays multimillion dollar Linux tender

Summary: The NSW Department of Commerce is poised to issue an AU$40 million-plus whole-of-government tender for Linux enterprise software and services in mid-September, officials confirmed today.The closely-watched tender, to encompass supply of enterprise-level Linux system software, application software and associated services for desktop and server environments, had provisionally been listed for release on 30 August.

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The NSW Department of Commerce is poised to issue an AU$40 million-plus whole-of-government tender for Linux enterprise software and services in mid-September, officials confirmed today.

The closely-watched tender, to encompass supply of enterprise-level Linux system software, application software and associated services for desktop and server environments, had provisionally been listed for release on 30 August.

A spokesperson for the Department of Commerce told ZDNet Australia   the tender had been delayed due to the time required to pull together meetings with state government agencies and suppliers and include the feedback from those sessions in the final tender document.

A panel of suppliers is expected to be pulled together as a result of the tender's issue.

The NSW government is a leader in the exploration of open source solutions, despite having a strong relationship with Microsoft.

Topics: Open Source, Government, Government AU, Linux, IT Employment

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  • Ha ha, yet another Linux government project delayed.
    anonymous
  • People like you remind me of the kids on a beach trying to stop their sand castle being swept away by the water. As a so-called programmer I would think that you would be in favour of having a programming platform as flexable as LINUX around. Then again you are probally a M$ clone who has been programmed to use their tools without any real idea.
    anonymous
  • "Ha ha, yet another Linux government project delayed."

    If you knew *anything* about government contracts, you'd know that these kinds of delays are common.
    anonymous
  • "The NSW government is a leader in the exploration of open source solutions, despite having a strong relationship with Microsoft."
    ...the concept of open source software has been around far longer than Linux. Why does everyone assume that open source = Linux?
    There's no reason that "exploration of open source solutions" should concern Microsoft - exploration of Linux solutions is the thing that concerns Microsoft.
    anonymous