Dunedin City investigates Linux

Dunedin City Council is adding Linux to the list of possible candidates for a network upgrade.

Dunedin City Council is adding Linux to the list of possible candidates for a network upgrade.

In April the council said it was weighing up either Windows XP or 2000 if it replaced its Novell network. Linux has now been added to the short list.

“We are looking at all the options. We have installations of Linux, XP and 2000. We have experience of all of them,” says client support manager Grant Taylor.

A decision was expected last month, but Taylor says the council is still “gathering information” for its plans. It now hopes to make a decision some time this month.

Though it has yet to reach a firm decision on the future of its Novell installation, Dunedin City Council is looking to get rid of the networking software, believing it can’t cope with the council’s DataWorks document management system, due to be installed once the $100,000 network upgrade is complete.

A pilot of the $750,000 DataWorks system, also used by North Shore City Council, is under way. Full implementation over 500 PCs is expected by the end of the year.

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