Linux on the rise?

French National Police Switch 37,000 Desktop PCs to Linux

Yes, I know it’s the French.  But think of the potential savings.

Linux is now the primary means of running computer servers inside the data centers that drive the web’s biggest services, from Google to Amazon to Facebook, but it has struggled to replace Microsoft Windows on the desktop. The news from the Gendarmerie could be a sign that this is changing.

The agency claims the total cost of ownership of Linux and open source applications is about 40 percent less than proprietary software from Microsoft, according to an article published on the European Union’s Interoperability Solutions for Public Administrations website.

linux_tux_67671Actually, once you get used to using FireFox or Chrome and Libreoffice or OpenOffice it’s pretty easy to switch.  I use Linux on my netbook and like it.

Windows 8 didn’t help by hiding everything. 


2 thoughts on “Linux on the rise?

  1. Another cool aspect is that it is easy for young kids to program and use linux (unix.) Sometimes as young as 5 years old.

  2. I’m becoming more and more a Linux fan. It’s matured a lot since I first tried Linux Red Hat back in the late 90s.

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