Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Nov 2006 10:55 UTC, submitted by Jean Claude
Linux French députés' offices will be equipped with a Linux operating system and open source productivity software. There will be 1154 French parliamentary workstations running on an open source OS, with, Firefox and an open source email client.
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Great news :)
by Darkelve on Mon 27th Nov 2006 11:37 UTC
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Good to hear that more and more people are choosing open source on basis of its merits.

We have come at the point where people look with a critical eye at both Windows and Linux and see the strengths and weaknesses in both; and make a decision based on solid arguments. I expect more and more people will choose Linux.

Not because it is necessarily so much superior to Windows, but because the balance of the Windows installed base does not reflect the difference in quality between the two operating systems. Thus, it is only logical that the Windows installed base will erode. Just *how much* it will erode is something that still remains to be seen.

As an added bonus, malware will have a harder time spreading because of more OS diversion. Which in the end benefits all of us.

Interesting tidbit: I have seen a PC maker that used some kind of embedded Linux in order to be able to offer a display on their PC's that is always on and that has playback buttons and a screen that shows song/movie/... information. So you can always access your media playback, even if your computer is switched off (well, not fully 'off' of course...).

They even put their improvements, under the GPL, in an easy-to-find location on their webserver. For this kind of added value Linux is just about perfect.

Edited 2006-11-27 11:44

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