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Ubuntu 'weaponised' to cure NHS of its addiction to Microsoft Windows

Doctor Syntax Silver badge

Re: Cost is the smaller concern

"it will become difficult to hire a different company to maintain it."

Why on earth should that happen? The source is available. The upstream, Debian>Ubuntu is already maintained. If NHSbuntu makes any more widely applicable code contributions - such as smartcard ID - they can also be passed back upstream and integrated with it. So what you'd be looking at would be a collection of userland add-ons which could be maintained separately. You (a) wouldn't need a single company to do that and (b) iit could be competitively tendered. This is a different world to what you're used to in Microsoft.

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