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French Police Force Adopts Ubuntu Linux

Category: Open Source
Posted: 06:40AM

The national police force of France have begun to transition all of their workstations from Windows XP to Ubuntu Linux. The change was initiated after they decided that it would be easier to switch to Ubuntu than Vista. An initial test of 5,000 workstations showed that they would be able to cut costs without reducing their capabilities or efficiency. The police force has saved an estimated 50 million Euros since 2004 by making this switch along with switching some of their software to open source as well. They plan to finish the conversion of all 90,000 workstations by 2015. Perhaps the success of this program will inspire others to make the change as well.

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Compxpert on March 12, 2009 10:00AM
Whoa this is pretty cool. I've heard several cases of organizations over the past few years switching over to linux completely.
d3bruts1d on March 12, 2009 11:01AM
I'm glad to see Linux gaining ground like this.
CheeseMan42 on March 12, 2009 11:20AM
When I made the switch on my desktop, dual boot with primary being Ubuntu I lost no productivity. I only dual boot because a lot of the software I need to do homework at home only has student versions for Windows. All the lab versions are usually in Linux.

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