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[6]: WOW!
by hal2k1 on Tue 28th Nov 2006 04:20 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: WOW!"
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//Just because you think Gartner and IDC and Google and Onestat are involved in some sort of giant conspiracy to try and depress OSS supporters by pointing out the market share of Linux is trivial doesn't make it true.//

The "market share" of any number of zero cost items is zero. That is a mathematical fact.

I have no view one way or another about Gartner and IDC and Google and Onestat and whatever.

I find it a shame that a company like Microsoft can manipulate the alleged "free market" in America via political lobbying to the point where most PC suppliers are forced into offering only Windows. At one point I have heard (I don't know if it still applies), Microsoft managed to make it illegal in America to sell a PC without an OS pre-installed, and they also managed to make it so that Linux did not count as an OS under that regulation! If Linux is not an OS, exactly what is it?

I find it amusing that a company like Microsoft can, in the so-called "land of the free" and "home of capitalism", get so very close to making it illegal to compete against it in the software market. I find it amazing that Microsoft are able to control the public perceptions so much that in the mind of the public, apparently "the PC" and "Windows" are one and the same. I find it equally amazing that Microsoft are able to control the media to the extent that when the media report on malware, viruses and other security threats and hazards such as Internet banking, they are able to get the media to talk in terms of "lack of security of PCs" and not in terms of "the failings of Microsoft Windows".

It is even more amusing when Microsoft makes PR noises about "improving interoperability" when the largest development efforts of the company are directed at making its products deliberately obscure and not interoperable.

None of this has anything to do with rational choices about which software one should run, however.

More and more institutions and companies will see through the FUD and liberate themselves from Microsoft, perhaps in a similar vein to Ernie Ball's experience, or perhaps like the french National Assembly, or perhaps they will do it quietly without any fanfare at all and no visibility to any of the figures from Gartner and IDC and Google and Onestat.

In a while, sooner or later, the effect will build momentum and become unstoppable, like a snowball rolling down a hill.

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