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Feb 13, 2001, 20:27 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Linux aficionados often see themselves as evangelists: not converting the masses to Linux exclusively, but to the entire open source movement and, more importantly, to the concept of freedom of choice."

"One such activist spoke with LinuxWorld.com at the recent Linux Expo Paris. Jean-Pierre Archambault is an official of the Centre National de Documentation Pedagogique (CNDP), a governmental agency under the authority of the French Minister of Education. The CNDP is a network of national, regional, and departmental centers dedicated to publishing, identifying resources, and developing the use of ICT (information and communications technology) in schools."

"Archambault said the French Linux movement in education helps prevent software monopoly from blocking more important goals. "Actually, the CNDP never tried to overturn MS or any other monopoly," Archambault said. "But it considered that monopoly by itself is an issue in terms of education. Instead, the CNDP tried to foster cultural pluralism and freedom of choice. That is the reason why CNDP's efforts were mainly targeted towards users information and demonstration of alternative existing choices."

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