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Linux Journal: Linux in Government: Outside the US, People Get It

Jul 18, 2005, 21:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Adelstein)

"Major governments outside the United States either have adopted Linux and open-source software or have begun the process that will lead to adoption. Open-source software, especially Linux, has spread globally to countries and regions that regard it as the best model of software development and an engine of economic growth. Governments see adoption as a way to exploit a promising trend.

"The starting point for global Linux adoption began in Europe approximately four years ago. In 2001, the German parliament adopted a resolution that declared the government should use open-source software 'whenever doing so will reduce costs...'"

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