Qld snubs Vista, Linux in 100,000 PC refresh

Legacy Windows XP SP2 mandated for desktops and portables over next three years

Furthermore, all offers submitted in response to the ICT invitation must be lodged via the Queensland Government Marketplace e-Tender Web site and "must be readable in the following software package: Microsoft Office version 2003, running on Windows XP SP 2".

"Failure to comply with this requirement may result in a non-conforming offer," according to the tender.

With the release of Ubuntu Linux 7.04 "Feisty Fawn" this month, IT departments have another desktop operating system option for standard PCs, but, like Vista, it is not on Queensland's procurement radar.

"Linux and open source is not part of this process. Machines can run it but the current government environment is based on Windows XP," the spokesperson said.

On the servers there is more competition with hardware suppliers encouraged to certify machines to run Microsoft Windows Server, Linux, Unix, and Novell NetWare.

With virtually no desktop software competition, ironically the state is looking for "a small panel of [hardware] suppliers, which drives competition and limits the switching cost from one to another".

"We're looking for better footprint management across government [and] dealing with one [hardware supplier] is not something we've considered," the spokesperson said, adding agencies buy products off all of the major hardware vendors, with about 8 to 10 in all.

It is the vendor's decision to submit an Intel or AMD, or both, computers in their offer.

In addition to conducting a routine hardware refresh, the Queensland government is developing a whole-of-government SAP supplier relationship management and shopping cart, to enable departments to conduct procurement online.

The implementation of this system is scheduled to commence within the period of the proposed ICT arrangement and tenderers are required to indicate their "ability and willingness" to integrate their Web-based ordering systems with the whole-of-government SAP system.

Join the newsletter!


Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Rodney Gedda

Show Comments

Cool Tech

Bang and Olufsen Beosound Stage - Dolby Atmos Soundbar

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Sony WF-1000XM3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Nakamichi Delta 100 3-Way Hi Fi Speaker System

Learn more >

ASUS ROG, ACRONYM partner for Special Edition Zephyrus G14

Learn more >

Family Friendly

Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean 9000 Toothbrush

Learn more >

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit for Nintendo Switch

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Teac 7 inch Swivel Screen Portable DVD Player

Learn more >

SunnyBunny Snowflakes 20 LED Solar Powered Fairy String

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers


This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang


It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries


As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr


The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?