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Bristol, UK, Migrates 3,500 Computers

The Bristol City Council, in the UK, will roll out StarOffice (an OpenOffice derivative) to 3,500 city desktop computers, following the succesful completion of a six-month trial.
“For the past six months we have been in a detailed preparation phase, testing the product in the council’s various IT environments and educating end-users,” said Gavin Beckett, the council’s principal ICT strategy officer.

The roll-out will take a year to complete. “People have been concerned that we are getting rid of Windows, which is not true. When we go into offices and show them the product, we see them relaxing,” Beckett said.

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