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[News] European Parliament Candidates Express Preferences for Free Software

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EP candidate: Free software essential for public administrations 

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| The French candidate for the European Parliament Marielle de Sarnez says 
| public administrations' interest in free software is essential. "This is an 
| issue of competitiveness for the EU in the information technologies sector, 
| as well as the condition of our technological independence."   
| Sarnez, a member of the European Parliament since 1999, is currently 
| campaigning to be re-elected to the European Parliament. She has recently 
| pledged her support for free software, after being approached by the Free 
| Software advocacy associations April in France and the Associazione per il 
| software libero in Italy. The two organisations want candidates for the 
| European Parliament to pledge their support for free software.     



Linux s'il vous plaît: French Gendarmie say oui to Ubuntu

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| The Gendarmie Nationale – France’s national police force – has been slowly
| introducing open source software to its 105,000+ policemen since 2005. In
| 2008 the decision was made to use only Ubuntu for all new workstations. A
| year on shows this has been a great success with happy users, a better
| network and cost savings of over seven million euro per year.


FR: Gendarmerie saves millions with open desktop and web applications


French Lawmakers Hope to Inspire Linux Revolution

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| If the French National Assembly gets its way, the open-source Linux operating
| system will take over the governments of Europe, seizing on a weak economy to
| displace Windows.
| About 18 months ago, the Assembly shifted from running Windows on the 1,100
| computers of its members and their assistants to running a version of Linux
| called Ubuntu. (I profiled the rise of Ubuntu in a recent article.) According
| to Rudy Salles, vice president of the assembly, the decision to abandon
| Microsoft’s Windows software was both an economic and political gesture.
| The French Parliament should save about 500,000 euros over the next five
| years, thanks to the low price of Ubuntu –- free –- and have lower management
| costs. Linux tends to have fewer security issues than Windows, for example.

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