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French Gendarmerie goes Linux

2009-03-12 18:49:37.199714+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

French Gendarmerie migrates to Open Source:

In 2007 the Gendarmerie decided to replace even the desktop operating system. Guimard: "Moving from Microsoft XP to Vista would not have brought us many advantages and Microsoft said it would require training of users. Moving from XP to Ubuntu, however, proved very easy. The two biggest differences are the icons and the games. Games are not our priority."

Via, via. I know that a few days ago a friend gave me an Epson scanner. There are no drivers for Vista 64, and there are reported issues with the regular Vista drivers. Linux worked out of the box. I expect this trend to continue: Unless Windows 7 changes a lot, the trend is that Linux will easier to use and support more hardware, not just that it'll be more stable and easier to admin.

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#Comment Re: made: 2009-03-12 20:31:38.669936+00 by: JT

Driver issues have always been a part of windows. I'm submitting this on a computer with ubuntu hardy installed on it. I put in the cd, install ubuntu, my printer, video card, everything automatically works.

When I put WinXP on it, I had to get video card drivers from nvidia, I had to download chipset drivers from Intel. I had to download my printer drivers from HP. I had to use another computer to get my ethernet drivers from Dell since the manufacturer doesn't make drivers for this model. I also had to install office software, a real web browser, had to download winamp for a music player, etc, etc.

I like being able to start installation and have a fully functional and usable computer within an hour. Windows usually takes me a day to get windows install, service packed, and patched up, then get my software installed on it to make it a functional OS. I don't understand how Windows can be the standard when it seems so substandard.