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[News] The World Outpaces the United States in GNU/Linux Interest

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America Needs a Renaissance 

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| And who is taking our place? Three of the nationalities mentioned as 
| producing prominent engineering talent are Chinese, Indian, Russian. Now, 
| keep those three countries in mind. Let's take a look at a possible 
| indicator, by checking Google Trends for keyword 'Linux', discovering who in 
| the world has Linux on their minds enough to search for it.    


Why do Brits love open source?

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| Use of, and support for, open-source software is thriving across the globe, 
| but uptake varies from country to country. To date, the factors that 
| influence adoption of open source are little understood, and market watchers 
| cannot explain why open source is more popular in one country than another.   



Linux s'il vous plaît: French Gendarmie say oui to Ubuntu

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| The Gendarmie Nationale – France’s national police force – has been slowly
| introducing open source software to its 105,000+ policemen since 2005. In
| 2008 the decision was made to use only Ubuntu for all new workstations. A
| year on shows this has been a great success with happy users, a better
| network and cost savings of over seven million euro per year.


FR: Gendarmerie saves millions with open desktop and web applications


French Lawmakers Hope to Inspire Linux Revolution

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| If the French National Assembly gets its way, the open-source Linux operating
| system will take over the governments of Europe, seizing on a weak economy to
| displace Windows.
| About 18 months ago, the Assembly shifted from running Windows on the 1,100
| computers of its members and their assistants to running a version of Linux
| called Ubuntu. (I profiled the rise of Ubuntu in a recent article.) According
| to Rudy Salles, vice president of the assembly, the decision to abandon
| Microsoft’s Windows software was both an economic and political gesture.
| The French Parliament should save about 500,000 euros over the next five
| years, thanks to the low price of Ubuntu –- free –- and have lower management
| costs. Linux tends to have fewer security issues than Windows, for example.

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