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 OpenOffice.org, Firefox and an open source email client.
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RE[16]: WOW!
by Soulbender on Tue 28th Nov 2006 03:45 UTC in reply to "RE[15]: WOW!"
Soulbender
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2005-08-18

"Microsoft Windows *is* very much a monopoly"

Not it isn't. There are competitors and there are viable alternatives to MS products.
People who say MS is a monopoly doesn't understand what a monopoly is.
Being dominant in a market is not a monopoly and using monopolistic tactics is not a monopoly (although it is usually illegal). At best you could say they are a "virtual monopoly" or that they have a "virtual monopoly on desktop operating systems" but that's still stretching it a bit.
Applying incorrect terminology is not helping anyone.

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