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Enterprise Linux Today: French government tax authority to deploy Linux on 950 Linbox servers

Dec 21, 2000, 22:24 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Wolley)

"Political sentiment favoring open source software is finally reflected in a large-scale, mission critical Linux deployment by a major French government agency."

"More than a year after members of the French parliament first proposed that French government agencies be mandated to use open source software, Linbox SA today announced that the French tax authority, Direction Générale des Impôts (DGI), is preparing to deploy 950 Linux-based application servers at sites all over France. Linbox will provide the servers, which will run Red Hat 6.2."

According to the announcement, a decisive factor in the DGI's choice was said to be Linbox's Factory, an automated installation procedure developed by Linbox which provides fast and easy large-scale deployment. ... Linbox's engineering approach is based on a unique process for the industrialization of its solutions: based on the required technical specifications, the Linbox production center produces a bootable CD-ROM that will install and configure a server with all the necessary applications. Jean-Pierre Laisné, Chairman and CEO of Linbox, claims: "The automatic procedures for installation and personalization (in the form of shell scripts) developed by our teams give our range a competitive advantage. We can reduce an organization's total IT operating costs by 60%."

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