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Mar 12 2009   8:45PM GMT

French Police save MILLION of EUROs with Ubuntu Linux

David Vasta David Vasta Profile: David Vasta

Now the French are not liked globally for whatever reason you like. I for one think it’s a fine country with some odd politics. Love or hate them the Linux community is absolutely in love with them right now. The French Police have moved to using Linux and are saving huge amounts of EURO CASH!

“A recent report has revealed that France’s national police force has saved an estimated 50 million euros since 2004 by adopting open source software and migrating a portion of the organization’s workstations to Ubuntu Linux. They plan to roll out the Linux distro to all 90,000 of their workstations by 2015.”

With Windows XP now being well over 9 years old and nothing decent coming from Microsoft it’s the only option some places may have. While there is nothing wrong with XP, it’s still working, at some point we have to move forward. Only issue is now we are in a bit of a lurch, Vista is, in my opinion, a total flop and should be sent to the same place ME was sent to. Vista is still at least 1 to 2 years from being ready, and will take even  longer to be accepted by IT departments globally. Then there is the pricing. WIth so many decent Desktop, and Office Suite option available to us right now for FREE, it’s hard to make a case to keep going down the Windows desktop/office path.

I applaud the French Police and hope we see a flurry of information about how the upgrades are going, how they are making it happen and I really want to know the minute Microsoft calls them and offers them all the Microsoft core products for FREE to just say they have replaced Linux again…..

C’est superbe! l A France magnifique! l A Linux magnifique!

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