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CNET News: Linux Contract Treads on Microsoft Turf

Jun 04, 2002, 16:00 (12 Talkback[s])
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"The German government has signed a deal with IBM and Linux company SuSE that makes it easier for government offices to use the open-source operating system, a move that addresses concerns about relying too heavily on Microsoft products.

"The government isn't mandating the use of Linux, but the deal makes it possible for hundreds of federal, regional and local governments to purchase IBM computers running SuSE's version of Linux at a discount price, said German foreign ministry spokesman Dirk Inger. The purchasing framework covers both desktop computers, where Microsoft has its stronghold, and more powerful networked server systems where Linux is a stronger competitor.

"The deal provides an open-source counterweight to an earlier discount arrangement with Microsoft..."

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