France Parliament shifts to open source software

By EDRi · December 6, 2006

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Starting with July 2007, the computers used by the French deputies will be
equipped with Linux operation system, Open Office software and Firefox

The project, initiated at the request of the General Assembly President, was
based on a study made by Atos Origin, a technology services company. The
study has shown that the open source software can be adapted to the needs of
the Members of the Parliament allowing for serious savings in spite of the
costs required by the change.

Benoit Sibaud, the president of APRIL (Association pour la Promotion et la
Recherche en Informatique Libre) which is supporting open source, stated
that switching to open source will give the French Parliament a better
control over its IT systems without being dependent on the software
supplier, at the same time giving the possibility to use the public
money for better purposes. Previous initiatives in this sense belong to the
French Ministry of Agriculture where open source software was chosen for
servers and to the French gendarmes who adopted Open Office and Firefox.

Open source software in the General Assembly (only in French – 22.11.2006)

Free Software for the deputies (only in French – 23.11.2006)

French parliament dumping Windows for Linux (27.11.2006)