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Extremadura to move all of its 40,000 desktops to open source

open sourceLast time I’ve heard about a big move like this, German Foreign office was switching back to Windows after 10 years. Now a post on a blog of the european commission website is announcing that Spain’s autonomous region of Extremadura is going to move to a complete open source desktop.

The plan is to migrate 40,000 desktop PCs to a Debian distribution making this move the second largest open source migration right between the French Gendarmerie (90,000 desktops) and the German … Continue Reading

OpenOffice.org moving towards a purely community-based open source project

Oracle Corporation announced its intention to move OpenOffice.org to a purely community-based open source project and to no longer offer a commercial version of Open Office.
“Given the breadth of interest in free personal productivity applications and the rapid evolution of personal computing technologies, we believe the OpenOffice.org project would be best managed by an organization focused on serving that broad constituency on a non-commercial basis,” said Edward Screven, Oracle’s Chief Corporate Architect. “We intend to begin working immediately with community members … Continue Reading

Jim Zemlin says battle between Linux and MS is like kicking a puppy

Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of The Linux Foundation has recently declared that 20 years after Linus Torvalds developed the famous Linux kernel, the never ending battle between Linux and Microsoft is finally over and Linux has won.

Zemlin said “I think we just don’t care that much [about Microsoft] anymore. They used to be our big rival, but now it’s kind of like kicking a puppy.”

“Linux has come to dominate almost every category of computing, with the exception of the desktop”

Even … Continue Reading

German Foreign Office switches back to Windows

Open Source in GermanyI have read a news yesterday that left me astonished. The German government confirmed that the Foreign German Office is switching back to Windows after 10 years of Linux and Open Source software.

During the last 10 years the German Foreign Office gradually incremented the use of open source software both on server and desktop sides to save money.

Officially, the reasons behind the recent change of direction are mainly regarding the desktop area. Despite the fact Linux has proved … Continue Reading