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Old 10-02-2013, 04:25 PM   #1
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French National Police are Now Running 37,000 Ubuntu Desktops

In a bold show of support for one of the most popular Linux distributions, The French Gendarmerie now employes 37,000 Ubuntu desktops. The move is part if a broader migration toward open source software that will see the French national police using 72,000 Ubuntu workstations by the summer of next year. The news from France follows other recent news of worldwide government support for Linux, and is good news for Ubuntu.

In 2004, the IT department of the French national police force faced a major challenge. According to its own report: "At minimal costs, we had to provide all users access to the internal computer network, and greatly expand the use of standard office productivity tools." That prompted a move to the OpenOffice suite of productivity tools, which it installed on all 90,000 PCs, making obsolete 20,000 licences for a proprietary office suite. The police force also switched to using Open Document Format for its internal reporting.

French Gendarmerie officials have an extensive online post up about support for open source software and the switch to Ubuntu in particular. It notes the following:
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Old 10-03-2013, 05:11 AM   #2
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As well as the French, some Spanish public authorities along with the Germans are also changing to Linux. The French have long thought that MS Word has "back doors" built into it to allow Transatlantic industrial espionage. I used to think that this was paranoia on the part of the French but in light of revelations about PRISM, perhaps they are right.

I wonder how many other countries (other than the UK) are going to abandon Windows in favour of Linux


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