Paris to examine Linux alternative to Microsoft

16 February 2004 The French government is planning to migrate a “significant number” of desktop computers to open source software, in order to evaluate the costs and interoperability of alternatives to Microsoft’s Windows operating system.

Jacques Sauret, director of the French Agency for the Development of the Electronic Administration, said that between 5% and 15% of the 17,000 computers used by the administration in Paris were likely to move to the open source operating system Linux.

The trial is being run by systems integration consultancy Unilog. In 2003, a Unilog report spurred Munich City Council to vote to migrate 14,000 desktops from Microsoft to Linux, although that project recently encountered early “technical difficulties”. “


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