[LINK] Lenovo, Microsoft, Adobe win NSW schools contract

Stilgherrian stil at stilgherrian.com
Thu Apr 2 08:16:42 AEDT 2009

On 02/04/2009, at 8:08 AM, Michael Skeggs mike at bystander.net wrote:
> Bit of a blow for OSS, which could have seen a generation raised and
> trained in Open Office, Linux etc. but I suppose this way the premier
> can say we have supplied $5000 worth of software to your kids, rather
> than $0 worth of software.

This is a not-unimportant point.

Politicians can boast about how much money is spent, and it's easy to  
prove that the money was, indeed, spent. Somehow. And it can happen  
more quickly.

If they start boasting about achievements, results or "outcomes", then  
it may be harder to prove. Or harder to achieve. Or take so long to  
achieve that the next government gets credit for it.

No, much better to boast about money being spent.

Stop asking questions.


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