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Is GNU/Linux slowly creeping into rural France, or is it just to cut costs?
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| This year they will be upgrading, installing WiFi and starting to use the
| laptops properly, something they didn’t do last year. Having spoken to this
| particular friend, I was pleasantly surprised and relieved to see that this
| little DELL Mini 9 was running Ubuntu Linux. Now the council obviously wanted
| to cut costs when preparing these, so they put Ubuntu Linux on them. I
| explained to this friend and her brother what Ubuntu was and the benefits but
| they didn’t want to accept it.
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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