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No more desktop Linux systems in the German Foreign Office

Feb 17, 2011, 09:05 (7 Talkback[s])


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"In response to a questionPDFGerman language on "the use of open source software in the Foreign Office and other Government departments" submitted in parliament by the SPD (Social Democrats, the main German opposition party), the German government has confirmedPDFGerman language that the German Foreign Office is to switch back to Windows desktop systems. The Foreign Office started migrating its servers to Linux in 2001 and since 2005 has also used open source software such as Firefox, Thunderbird and OpenOffice on its desktop systems. Mobile systems use a Debian GNU/Linux based Linux and office PCs are configured with a dual Windows / Linux boot.

"Back in 2007, the Foreign Office's IT department regarded the use of open source software on servers and desktop systems as a success storyPDFGerman language. IT costs per workspace were reported to be lower than in any other government department, despite the demands imposed by running a high security, globally distributed IT infrastructure. The use of Linux desktop systems in the Foreign Office also acted as a beacon for the use of open source software in other government departments"

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