"Open-source software gave Microsoft a one-two punch this week,
with the European Union and an African nonprofit educational
organization showing preference for Linux systems.
"The European Union awarded on Thursday a $249,000 (250,000
euro) contract to U.K.-based system-integrator Netproject to study
the feasibility of moving the information systems of several member
countries' governments to the Linux operating system from
Microsoft's Windows OS.
"Microsoft's expensive licensing terms and its push for
customers to speed their software upgrade cycles are driving the
European Union's interest in open-source solutions, said Eddie
Bleasdale, Netproject's CEO. Describing a meeting with
representatives from several EU member countries, Bleasdale said
Microsoft's current licensing terms had governments looking for