French Ministry leaves Microsoft for Linux

French Ministry leaves Microsoft for Linux

Summary: Another government department has embraced open-source software, this time as a replacement for 1,500 Windows NT servers from Microsoft

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A French government department is replacing its legacy Microsoft NT servers with an open-source product from Mandrakesoft.

Announcing the deal on Friday, the Linux distributor said that the French Ministry of Equipment was replacing 1,500 office and infrastructure Microsoft Windows NT servers with Mandrakelinux corporate servers.

The move appears to be part of a general move towards Linux by the French government, which is wrestling with a large budget deficit. A recent report quoted the French civil service minister suggesting that one million state PCs could be shifted from Windows to an open-source platform.

"We are not starting a war against Microsoft or against American companies in the software sector," Renaud Dutreil told Reuters, adding that Microsoft "must return to being one supplier to the state among others".

Many governments across the world are giving serious consideration to deploying Linux. While some are primarily interested in the possibility of saving money on licence fees, others have said they are interested in avoiding being tied into proprietary solutions offered by single companies.

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  • Microsoft should also think as a suplier to Linux Operating System. In this case all will be benifited.
    anonymous
  • Microsoft should also think as a suplier to Linux Operating System. In this case all will be benifited.
    anonymous
  • An article focusing on the switch to Linux because of the monopoly of Microsoft....Hmmmm.

    I find the most interesting thing about this article is that the Ministry's reason for switching is to reduce the monopoly of Microsoft. A principle. You can't argue with principles.

    The article did not focus on the usual arguments of cost or capabilities.

    Does not bode well for Micro$oft.
    anonymous
  • First Munich moves to Linux for desktop and servers, then Norway's second biggest city converts to Linux and now Paris leaves Microsoft for Linux Servers, and on a slightly different note the New South Wales Australia Vehicle Licencing aurthority wil lbe installing 140+ iMac OSX desktops at their customer service counters in an effort to remove the reliance on Microsoft.

    I think this is starting to point towards the gradual and long awaited move away from the monoculture of Microsoft.
    anonymous
  • Good for them. If it wasn't for people like these taking the plunge and demonstrating that Linux is just as good (most would say better) than Windows, we would all find ourselves completely reliant on and at the whim of those convicted monopolists in Redmond.

    With computers becoming so important in every facet of life, we cannot afford to have Microsoft running our lives. Everybody already knows that they cannot be trusted.
    anonymous