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[6]: WOW!
by NotParker on Mon 27th Nov 2006 20:42 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: WOW!"
NotParker
Member since:
2006-06-01

Rubbish, most people do not even know what Windows is or any other operating system for that matter.

Thats your opinion.

But when they try to install their games or Office or tens of thousands of other software titles, they'll find out.

And Dell would be toast.

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RE[7]: WOW!
by Xaero_Vincent on Mon 27th Nov 2006 21:14 in reply to "RE[6]: WOW!"
Xaero_Vincent Member since:
2006-08-18

They would learn about Wine, CrossOver Office, and Cedega and how they allow you to run thousands of Windows applications and games. For those who dont like paying, the last two could possibly be found illegally with some googling.

They would also learn about the open-source and even commercial alternatives that replace their Windows counterparts.

Example:

Gimp (FOSS), Pixel (Commercial), Photoshop (Windows)

All three will run on Linux. But Pixel could easily replace Gimp and/or Photoshop as a low-cost Photoshop clone that runs natively on Linux.

Edited 2006-11-27 21:15

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RE[8]: WOW!
by tomcat on Mon 27th Nov 2006 21:35 in reply to "RE[7]: WOW!"
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

They would learn about Wine, CrossOver Office, and Cedega and how they allow you to run thousands of Windows applications and games. For those who dont like paying, the last two could possibly be found illegally with some googling.


Consumers can barely do email and browse the web. Asking them to use Wine, CrossOver Office, and Cedega is like asking them to perform brain surgery. Not gonna happen -- and it hasn't happened, either.

Gimp (FOSS), Pixel (Commercial), Photoshop (Windows)

All three will run on Linux. But Pixel could easily replace Gimp and/or Photoshop as a low-cost Photoshop clone that runs natively on Linux.


You're seriously high if you think that Gimp is equivalent to Photoshop.

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RE[8]: WOW!
by NotParker on Mon 27th Nov 2006 21:38 in reply to "RE[7]: WOW!"
NotParker Member since:
2006-06-01

They would learn about Wine, CrossOver Office, and Cedega and how they allow you to run thousands of Windows applications and games.

Sure! And they could play "recompile the kernel" for fun!

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