Tattersalls has chosen to abandon Linux to build their gaming products on the Microsoft

Posted by bink on September 4 2007, 3:33 PM. Posted in Windows Games, Open Source /Linux stuff.

Gaming giant Tattersalls has chosen to abandon Linux as it moves ahead with a $43 million project to streamline its multi-state Maxgaming poker machine business.

Linux will left behind when Tattersall's goes ahead with its $43 million multi-state system upgradeThe open source operating system has a strong presence across the 4,000 venues that comprise Tattersall's Maxgaming business throughout Queensland, NSW and the Northern Territory. However, chief information officer Stephen Lawrie said the company planned to consolidate its gaming products on a new platform built around Microsoft products.

Mr Lawrie said recent mergers with interstate gaming operations had left Maxgaming with a complicated set of software licenses that made retaining any one of the four platforms it plans to replace impractical.

"We didn't try to tackle that because of the different issues about where we were licensed to have what software. It was generally a bit of a mixed lot because of the heritage of the merger," Mr Lawrie said.

The project was expected to be slow due to the number of venues involved in the hardware replacement of the plan, which was expected to cost around $30.7 million over six years.

Mr Lawrie said the company expected modest savings on annual system maintenance between $1 and $2 million from the project, but that wasn't its main goal. Continue At Source