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DesktopLinux.com: Special report: Reactions to Microsoft's New Software Licensing Policy

Jun 13, 2002, 01:00 (11 Talkback[s])

"Partly as a response to Microsoft's new, more aggressive, licensing policy, governments and institutions worldwide have begun implementing legislation or programs geared to the adoption of Linux and other open source software as an alternative to Microsoft's Windows and Office products. Various agencies and institutions in the countries of Peru, Germany, China, France, India, Singapore, and Taiwan have announced their selection of Linux in government systems -- and the list keeps growing.

"In the United States, the Pentagon has been looking to open source for Department of Defense projects. The Air Force is working with Linux already. Other US government agencies reportedly using Linux include the Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the Department of Energy (DOE). The Boston Globe reports, for example, that more than 75 IBM government customers are using Linux 'today . . . to save costs, consolidate workloads, and increase efficiency'.

"Some recent indicators suggest Microsoft is backing away from enforcing this program for educators. For example, USAToday reported that some school districts have been offered the option of paying an annual fee based on the number of computers capable of running Microsoft software, instead of having to endure an audit. Along similar lines, USAToday also reported that other previously scheduled implementations of subscription-based upgrades have been extended as their deadlines approached..."

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