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[News] A Glance at Migrations to GNU/Linux in Sweden, France

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Open source tour of Europe: Sweden

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| Other state projects include Apoteket Sweden’s largest state-owned pharmacy 
| chain, which migrated to Red Hat Enterprise Linux at 900 pharmacies as part 
| of a move to Intel hardware, and the Swedish Armed Forces’ deal with Red Hat 
| to enable migrations from Windows NT to Red Hat Enterprise Linux.    


Open source tour of Europe: France

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| This year the gendarmerie announced plans to migrate up to 70,00 workstations 
| to Ubuntu running Firefox and OpenOffice.org, while Ubuntu was also chosen 
| for adoption by French MPs as part of the migration of the National Assembly 
| from Windows to Linux.   
| Open source has also been adopted by local authorities including Arles, Grand 
| Nancy, Lille, Val d’Oise, Marseille, Brest, Grenoble, Lyon, Rennes, and 
| Marseille again.  



EU Says Governments Could Bar Microsoft From Bidding

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| Governments contracting IT work could conclude that Microsoft's antitrust
| history constitutes "grave professional misconduct" and ban the company,
| according to the European Commission.


EU: Europarlement testing Ubuntu, OpenOffice and Firefox

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| The European Parliament's IT department is testing the use of GNU/Linux
| distribution Ubuntu, OpenOffice, Firefox and other Open Source applications,
| the British MEP James Nicholson explained last week in a letter to Italian
| MEP Marco Cappato.  


Is Microsoft Now Banned from EU Contracts?


Euro MP thinks Microsoft should be banned from government contracts


Green MEP says Microsoft should be excluded from EU contract awarding procedure


EC probes OOXML standards-setting process

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| A spokesman for the European Commissioner for Competition, Neelie Kroes, told
| The Register that regulators were continuing to scrutinise interoperability
| issues related to Microsoft’s products following complaints from the
| Committee for Interoperable Systems (ECIS) group.  
| As part of that process, the EC formally contacted a number of national
| standards bodies, including the Norwegian Standards Institute (NSI),
| requesting more details about possible irregularities in the OOXML
| standardisation process.  
| [...]
| “It must be stressed that it is not the Commission's intention to influence
| the outcome of this process, but the Commission considers it essential to
| ensure that European competition law is not violated in the course of the
| standard setting process,” he said in an email to El Reg.  
| In January the EC began formal anti-trust probes against Microsoft in two
| cases where it was alleged that the multinational firm had abused its strong
| market position. As part of the investigation into the first case, the
| Commission said that it would scrutinise OOXML on the grounds that the
| specification doesn't work with those of competitors.    

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