“FAA chief information officer David Bowen said he’s taking a close look at the Premier Edition of Google Apps as he mulls replacements for the agency’s Windows XP-based desktop computers and laptops,” Paul McDougall reports for InformationWeek.
“Bowen cited several reasons why he finds Google Apps attractive. ‘It’s a different sort of computing strategy,’ he said. ‘It takes the desktop out of the way so you’re running a very thin client. From a security and management standpoint that would have some advantages,'” McDougall reports.
McDougall reports, “Google launched Google Apps Premier Edition last month at a price of $50 per user, per year. It features online e-mail, calendaring, messaging, and talk applications, as well as a word processor and a spreadsheet. The launch followed Google’s introduction of a similar suite aimed at consumers in August. The new Premier Edition, however, offers enhancements, including 24×7 support, aimed squarely at corporate and government environments.”
“Bowen said he’s in talks with the aviation safety agency’s main hardware supplier, Dell Computer, to determine if it could deliver Linux-based computers capable of accessing Google Apps through a non-Microsoft browser once the FAA’s XP-based computers pass their shelf life,” McDougall reports.
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MacDailyNews Take: Once the FAA’s XP-based computers pass their shelf life, they should be replaced with very competively-priced, and often less expensive, Apple Macs – the only personal computers capable of running Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows natively and/or via fast virtualization (Google lists Apple’s Safari as a supported browser for Google Apps or use Firefox on the Macs). Maximum bang for the buck means Apple Mac. This is obvious and logical – which explains why a government official isn’t considering it.
FAA Chief Information Officer
Orville Wright Bldg. (FOB10A)
FAA National Headquarters
Room Number 602
800 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20591
Online email form (use “other” for Category field): http://faa.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/faa.cfg/php/enduser/ask.php
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