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BERLIN — The European Commission, which is urging governments on the Continent to consider using open-source software to make their computer systems more compatible, is negotiating with Microsoft to extend its use of the proprietary Windows operating system on 36,000 government computers, a spokesman said Monday.
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there are tons of FOSS that will run in windows and in many cases could possibly replace their proprietary cousins...i don't see a "contradiction" in wanting to continue using windows but urging the use of non-OS related FOSS? i read the article, but it didn't seem they were trying to push a linux distro and trying to buy MS Windows? the way the article is written, it mentions linux servers and even at one time they considered moving to a linux distro, but it seems their goals are more manageable in replacing some of the 3rd party applications they use with their FOSS counterparts...
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I'm not 100% sure about this but didn't MS release its source code to the US government?
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Wow, MSFT is the Cash COW, right!?
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there are tons of FOSS that will run in windows and in many cases could possibly replace their proprietary cousins...i don't see a "contradiction" in wanting to continue using windows but urging the use of non-OS related FOSS? i read the article, but it didn't seem they were trying to push a linux distro and trying to buy MS Windows? the way the article is written, it mentions linux servers and even at one time they considered moving to a linux distro, but it seems their goals are more manageable in replacing some of the 3rd party applications they use with their FOSS counterparts...
Idiocy at its finest. Pushing for Open-sourced software on a closed-source operating system? What...the...I don't even...! If you're going to advocate open source software, make the foundation of your PC open sourced (software wise).

I spent $30 on Windows 7 Pro last night and installed it, but once I got everything updated to the most recent, the first thing I did was re-install Mint 10 (KDE) again. I "like" Windows 7 (need IE for web development), but if I'm uploading content to a live server, there's no way I'm going to do it with FTP...it's also nice knowing I don't have to bog down my PC with anti-virus and anti-spyware software while running Linux.

Lastly, it's convenient being able to do almost everything (except game) without having to re-boot. Need to write a document? Use OpenOffice Writer instead of Microsoft Word. Basically, unless the officials play games during work, they should be using the safer, less resource heavy, and free software.
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Isn't this politics?
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Isn't this politics?
Yes, it is. Closed.
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