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IDG: German Government Agency Rolls Out Desktop Linux

Mar 03, 2003, 15:00 (8 Talkback[s])

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"A small German institute has become one of the Interior Ministry's first agencies to implement Linux on the desktop, as the government pushes ahead with its ambitious plans to introduce open-source software in the public sector.

"The Institute for Livestock Breeding, which already runs Linux on servers, has equipped 50 computers to run desktop applications on the free open-source operating system, Gonicus GmbH, one of the IT companies involved in the project, said Thursday in a statement.

"The Linux desktop implementation was headed up by the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), in cooperation with several small German IT companies..."

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