France's gendarmerie goes for open source software

By EDRi · February 13, 2008

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The Gendarmerie, France’s largest administrative body, intends to change in
the next years the operating system of 70 000 workstations presently running
on Windows XP to Ubuntu.

This is a movement that continues the French Government’s efforts to promote
migration to open source for some years now. The Gendarmerie had already
adopted and Firefox, the French National Assembly has also
recently switched 1100 computers to Linux and the Ministry of
Agriculture has started the migration from Windows at the end of 2006.

The French Government’s plans to migrate to open source was based on a study
by technology services company Atos Origin, that: “showed that open-source
software will from now on offer functionality adapted to the needs of MPs
and will allow us to make substantial savings
despite the associated migration and training costs” as was the Parliament’s
statement in 2006.

The reasons for switching to open source software, besides the cost
reductions, included a better control of security functions and a greater
independence from the software vendors.

France’s gendarmerie switches to Linux (31.01.2008)

The French Gendarmerie throws Windows away (only in French, 31.01.2008)

EDRi-gram: France Parliament shifts to open source software (6.12.2006)