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  • windows_me_crash windows_me_crash Jun 3, 2002 9:17 AM Flag

    German Gov promotes Linux

    Germany, IBM Strike Linux Deal
    At Expense of Microsoft Windows
    By BRANDON MITCHENER
    Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET
    JOURNAL

    The German government Monday is expected to announce a partnership with International Business Machines Corp. to promote Linux and other so-called open- source software in the German public sector -- largely at the expense of Microsoft Corp.'s ubiquitous Windows operating system.

    "Linux currently presents the best potential alternative to Windows, and therefore to greater heterogeneity in software," Otto Schily, the German Interior Minister, said in a statement prepared for release Monday.

    Governments world-wide have been promoting a shift from proprietary software such as Windows to open-source products such as Linux. They argue this not only saves money, but reduces their reliance on a single corporate software provider and helps avoid compatibility problems when people use non-Microsoft products ...

    "We increase information-technology security through the avoidance of monocultures; we reduce our dependence on individual software companies; and we save on the software purchase and upkeep," Mr. Schily says.

    online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB1023047405969887040,00.html

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