French switch OS

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By  Published  December 8, 2006

IT systems within the French parliament will no longer be running on Microsoft’s OS after the parliament switched to an open source environment.

French deputies will now use desktops and servers running Linux, Mozilla’s Firefox Web browser and OpenOffice.org, a free open source alternative to Microsoft’s Office software.

For putting together and accessing day-to-day documents the French members of parliament will use OpenOffice.org, which is currently in version 2.0.4 and which is designed to compete directly with the Microsoft Office system.

The French parliament said it decided to switch over from Microsoft because it believed it could save money by using open source software.

A number of French ministries and government departments already run Linux but only on servers.

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