Single-vendor lock-in is great for the lucky vendors – but terrible for competition and consumers. So it is great to see fresh steps to develop a standard desktop based on open source software for a major District Health Board in New Zealand HealthAlliance restarts open-source desktop project. Let’s hope it’s for real this time. A Microsoft monoculture is a bad idea when you’re entrusted to store sensitive health information (Nothing to see here, move along at Waikato DHB, ‘Virulent’ virus takes down Health Ministry email system, and UK National Health Service hit with malware infection). It will take a long time to shift so we need to get started ASAP.