Stories by Rodney Gedda

Open source crusader to resubmit SA law

Following a flurry of interest, feedback, and protest to his initial bill to mandate the use of open source software, Democrat Ian Gilfillan resubmits an amended version of the proposed legislation to the South Australian parliament next week.

SCO faces AUUG anger, claims Linux users still liable

Less than one week after SCO allegedly stated it had no plans to take action against commercial Linux users, the company’s Australia and New Zealand managing director Kieran O’Shaughnessy has reignited the threat.

SCO's ill wind blows no good for Microsoft

Microsoft is not benefiting from The SCO Group's intellectual property dispute with IBM despite the market uncertainty the legal fiasco is creating.
Microsoft Australia's platform strategy manager Martin Gregory has rejected claims the software giant is a beneficiary of the dispute pointing out that software will continue to be chosen on merits and Unix is now being replaced by Linux more than Windows.

Convergence streamlines IT costs

Converged voice and data networks result in reduced operating costs, including the costs associated with network support staff, according to delegates at IDC’s Enterprise IP Convergence conference in Sydney last week.

Alston dismisses call for open source procurement guidelines

Guidelines proposed by the Australian Unix Users Group (AUUG) promoting a “level playing field” between open source and proprietary software within government departments are unnecessary, according to the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts.

Tassie govt increases Notes install

Six government departments in Tasmania have committed to a Lotus enterprise licence agreement boosting the number of Notes clients from 3000 to 4000.

VoIP goes to school, gets mobile

Convergence is spreading beyond distributed enterprises and into education and mobile environments as organisations seek more efficient ways of communication.

Sysadmins role ‘crucial' in purchasing’

IT departments risk investing in inappropriate technology if system administration staff are shunned during the purchasing process, according to US Systems Administrators’ Guild (SAGE) president Geoff Halprin.

Linux ‘not ready’ for enterprise IT

Linux is best deployed as a point solution and is not yet ready for mission-critical enterprise IT, according to delegates at this year’s SAGE-AU (System Administrators Guild of Australia) conference in Hobart.