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In 2018, even a company like Microsoft, which once described Linux as a cancer, has no problem dealing with the open source operating system. But NBN Co, the company rolling out Australia's national broadband network, appears to have issues.

For Monday's half-yearly results, anyone who attempted to join the webcast using Linux would have found a disconcerting message confronting them.

The message read: "We have detected that your operating system does not meet the optimal webinar specifications for listening to and/or viewing webinars.

"We recommend the following operating systems:Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, and the latest Mac OS X.

"Please note that users with older versions of Windows (Windows Vista, XP, 2000, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 95), Mac, Linux and Unix operating systems may experience difficulties listening to and/or viewing webinars."

Apart from a PC and a laptop both of which run Debian GNU/Linux, I have an old Mac lying around. But on trying to connect using that, I discovered that NBN Co only likes the new, shiny Macs.

From the start of the NBN rollout, NBN Co has provided enough evidence to show that it is somewhat backward when it comes to communication. That its webcast cannot be viewed on a Linux system just underlines that.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the sitecame into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

 

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