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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Great news :)
by Darkelve on Mon 27th Nov 2006 11:37 UTC
Darkelve
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2006-02-06

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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RE: Great news :)
by Isolationist on Mon 27th Nov 2006 11:55 in reply to "Great news :)"
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2006-05-28

From a selfish point of view, I have enjoyed many years of using GNU/Linux without the hassle and fear of malware. My worry is that if GNU/Linux becomes increasingly popular on the desktop, then we can expect to see more malware targeted at GNU/Linux. After all, nothing is perfect.

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RE[2]: Great news :)
by el3ktro on Mon 27th Nov 2006 13:00 in reply to "RE: Great news :)"
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2006-01-10

I totally agree. I'm on Linux _only_ for several years now, but personally, I don't want Linux to replace Windows - I'd be happy if "we" had a market share big enough to get recognized by hardware vendors and some software companies, but a market share small enough for Linux to remain "ours". Well I hope you know what I mean. Linux should just be one respected OS amongst others (Windows, Mac OS, BSD etc.). It should just be well balanced amongst those systems (and hopefully Windows will die out sometimes in the nar future, so we have only UNIX-like OSes left, which makes all the OSes heterogenous but still compatible at the same time ;-) )

Tom

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RE[2]: Great news :)
by angryrobot on Mon 27th Nov 2006 14:43 in reply to "RE: Great news :)"
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2006-04-26

Hopefully the design of the Linux system will make it harder for malware authors to get their wares to work. I think the ubiquity of Windows has given people the mistaken impression that all platforms are equally susceptible. Fortunately, that's not true.

I guess we will revisit that once Linux gains enough market share to either prove or disprove this theory. My vote is disprove.

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RE[3]: Great news :)
by wannabe geek on Mon 27th Nov 2006 17:13 in reply to "RE: Great news :)"
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2006-09-27

Some interesting links on this topic:

http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2005/01/linux_security_1.html

http://techtics.iblogzz.com/2006/04/18/why-linux-is-more-safe-than-...

http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1884318,00.asp

My take: The most important things about a security model are:

1) That is easy to understand, so that users can actively keep their systems secure. Security is the last thing you want to automate.

2) It should be strictly imposed on all user applications. No exceptions, no excuse.

These two requirements are much better met in Unix-like sytems than in Windows.

And, if the OS is a Free/Open Source one such as GNU/Linux, you get a huge bonus: Lots of FOSS applications in centralised repositories, which are inherently safer than proprietary, closed-source applications scattered throughout the internet.

The key to security, I think, is never needing antiviruses and other pattern-oriented, attacker-centered applications. Once you need them, you are lost. It's a bit like fighting a rat infestation by chasing rats with a stick: It's much better to keep the house clean and the food locked, so that rats have nothing to eat.

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RE: Great news :)
by Doc Pain on Mon 27th Nov 2006 12:10 in reply to "Great news :)"
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2006-10-08

I think it's an important step, especially in politics. Now they're questioning what they use. Just to mention security risks, on Linux systems you can exactly control what program does what. You have the complete source code and may even build the system by your own. With "Windows" you can't.

"[...] and make a decision based on solid arguments. I expect more and more people will choose Linux."

That's the point. Decisions should be made by people who have the knowledge needed to decide. And the decision should be lead by facts, not by fanboyism or religious-like behaviour.

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

I think so too.

In Germany, complete PC networks of famous banks (Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank) and of the mail authority (Deutsche Post) have been infected and abused for spamming actions. So I got an information to go to a webpage and enter my PIN - I don't even have an acoount there! :-)

I'd like to see industry and administrations follow. Most illegal stuff is done using company networks. If they request more security and better knowledge about the systems they're using, PC vendors would benefit on putting some Linux on their machines.

"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...)."

Reminds me to status displays and system consoles on the SGI racks where you could see processor loads and memory usage... :-)

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RE: Great news :)
by tomcat on Mon 27th Nov 2006 21:38 in reply to "Great news :)"
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2006-01-06

Good to hear that more and more people are choosing open source on basis of its merits.


LMAO! What makes you think that a political organization does ANYTHING based on its merits? This is politics, pure and simple.

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RE[2]: Great news :)
by Soulbender on Tue 28th Nov 2006 03:25 in reply to "RE: Great news :)"
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2005-08-18

"This is politics, pure and simple."
I think it's funny how people always make this argument when things goes *against* them and never when things goes their way.

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