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French Police Will Use Desktop Linux

French Police Will Use Desktop Linux

Added: Saturday, October 26th, 2013
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The French National Gendarmerie will run 37,000 desktop computers with a custom version of Linux. The first stage of the plan is already online and within the next 8 months the agency is going to move all 72,000 of its desktop computers to open source.


The experts see this move as another huge roll-out in a government department which is touted as proof that Windows is dead. Of course, the roll-out is similar to Linux break-throughs in Germany which were never repeated elsewhere.

The French Police explained that the total cost of ownership of Linux and open source apps is almost twice less than proprietary software from Microsoft. Considering the fact that a switch could hack some people off, the police first moved to cross-platform open source apps like OpenOffice, Firefox, and Thunderbird, which allowed employees to keep using Windows while they got used to the new apps. Only after this they were moved onto a Linux OS.

However, it seems that it has taken an incredibly long time to get this far, because the migration started 9 years ago, when the French police faced providing all its users with access to its internal network. Moving from Office to OpenOffice was supposed to save cash. After this, the agency rolled out Firefox and Thunderbird back in 2006. Finally, in 2008, the gendarmerie switched the first batch of 5,000 users to a Linux OS based on Ubuntu.

In the meantime, other governments, including Brazil, have resolved to use more open source software. Moreover, China and India even have their own government-sponsored Linux distributions. Nevertheless, some government plans to move to Linux are hardly committed. For example, the United Kingdom is committed to use open source software “wherever possible”, but major part of its IT budget is spent on proprietary software from such companies as Microsoft and Oracle.

October 26th,2013

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Date:  Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Comments (11) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2013-10-26 21:16:38)
eminigo7 avatarthat's great news..mhhhhhhh... wish something could just arrive and kick the already-messed-up Windows out of the game

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-10-27 02:27:06)
Embolism avatarAs stated it has taken almost 9 years since the EU court cases against Microsoft and the malware in the browser cases(antitrust reverse browsing malware) at which time all the french government and schools were due to switch over to open source and Linux.It is good to see they have finally taken steps in the right direction it has been slow coming and they have been retraining as they switch over, but its now coming to fruition and one step closer to better security away from the scrutiny of the evil corporation.

posted by ET lovermen (2013-10-27 03:00:31)
brods73 avatarthey have been doing it slowly from 2009(only 5000 out of 90,000 pc's)its going to take them till 2015 to finish

posted by (2013-10-27 08:38:25)
No avatarSorry, but I can't actually parse "almost twice less". What does that actually mean?

posted by (2013-10-27 15:03:47)
Darkan9el avatar@KnightRider007 Its idiot speak for "almost half"

Saying that, it could be one of those trick statements and once less is actually half, making twice less a quarter Hmmmm! or are they speaking about the inverse square law, goddamn these conundrums.

posted by ET babyET lover (2013-10-28 10:23:14)
eNdEmiOn avatarOk good now the rest of the world. Especially schools should use open source. I wish I grew up with linux instead of windows.

posted by Blocked (2013-10-28 15:31:00)
No avatar@KnightRider007 Its idiot speak for "almost half"

Saying that, it could be one of those trick statements and once less is actually half, making twice less a quarter Hmmmm! or are they speaking about the inverse square law, goddamn these conundrums.

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-10-28 18:53:12)
Embolism avataractually according to slashdot its about 40% linux.slashdot.org/story/13/10/03/185235/
But we can still get linux in the form of fedora 19/20 and other distros for free,Yaaay. : D

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-10-28 19:01:28)
Embolism avatarThe only issue I am aware of with Ubuntu is (or was unless they fixed it) the ease of dual booting ,I have been dual booting windows xp with fedora since fedora 8 or 9 and it is so easy a 9 year old can do it, I have had my son do it for me on a few occasions when busy since it really is easy to do and have answered queries and posted info on software tips and tricks forum in said regard on many occasions,after all some of us still like the odd game of Unreal tourney or battlefield from time to time and not all games come with a .sh yet. : D

posted by (2013-10-30 11:21:46)
No avatarAs the ONLY figure implied is the initial cost then "once less" SHOULD have meant zero lol

So twice less would be the initial amount taken away twice meaning they are either paid the previous amount TO install non mainstream apps or the two minuses cancel out and it costs just as much

I think coocoum is probably right as the person who wrote it was obviously dropped on their head several times as a child. But looking at it within the pure logical confines of the statement itself it becomes even more hilarious

In fact its the funniest thing I've ever heard in a quarter of all half sundays each Tuesday in half of infinity it is


posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-10-30 12:40:16)
Embolism avatar40% or just under half as coocoum said ,Its idiot speak for "almost half".

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