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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RE: Things to consider
by dylansmrjones on Mon 27th Nov 2006 18:58 UTC in reply to "Things to consider"
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Well, I posted the news several days ago when it was published in Denmark (but nowhere else, apparently).

1) There are many stable distributions. However, they all have a few quirks of their own. Any mainstream distribution will do fine.

2) RAM upgrade isn't necessary. Linux with KDE or Gnome runs fine on older hardware. A new fullyfledged bloated Gnome desktop requires no more than XP with a few minor applications running. 256 MB of ram can do it. 1024 is better, but that's also something I recommend for XP and Win2K3 (512 MB is enough for Win2K).

3) Done mostly automatically. No more configuration needed than with Windows. Perhaps even less (depending on the applications).

4) Updating Linux (the kernel only?) is usually not a problem, but there is no reason for updating apart from security fixes. There is no need for worrying here.

Redhat is definitely a possibility, or perhaps Fedora if they have a good IT-department. There are others they can use, incl. gentoo (requires a wise deployment method - and it makes it difficult for ordinary users to install applications locally) or Ark Linux, Suse or Xandros.

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