You Can’t Teach Old Public Servants New Operating Systems

The Australian Capital Territory is wearing its I Hate Bill Gates T-Shirts in parliament now. They are just about to adopt a bill which says that public bodies should, as far as practicable, consider the use of open source software when procuring computer software. Which means not Microsoft basically – because they’ve already handed over $15 million to the Billmeister this year, and think they could spend the money more wisely. Can’t wait for all those beaurocratic funsters to sit at their desks one day to find their Windows desktops replaced with some other GUI. Let’s see how long it takes them to change their wallpaper, and learn how to print a document all over again. And more interestingly, the bill for technical support throughout any transition period from Windows to open source. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, and I suspect, you can’t teach old public servants new operating systems.

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