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[chox] 80000 Linux Desktops in Spanien

hatten wir das hier schon? Ein Monat ist ja heut schon sehr alt....

Regional government in Spain installs 80,000 Linux Desktops.
Submitted by Administrator on Sunday, June 22, 2003 - 17:56
The Gnome Foundation announced
 that a the Extremadura regional government in Spain has just finished
installing 80,000 Gnome desktops.
GNOME is a free software project that provides a complete, easy to use
desktop for a variety of operating systems, including GNU/Linux (more
commonly known as Linux), BSD, Solaris (tm) Operating Environment, HP-UX,
UNIX, BSD and Apple's Darwin.

The regional government of Extremadura, Spain has put 80,000 computers in
schools, loaded with GNOME, Linux and other open source software. The
ratio is
one computer for every two students.
Regional government installs one computer for every two students, all
running open source software.  Additional initiatives put computers in
hands of
general population.

DUBLIN, Ireland  June 18, 2003  Representatives of the Junta of Extremadura
(regional government) announced that a sweeping initiative has put 80,000
computers in schools across that region. The announcement came at the 4th
annual GNOME Users and Developers European Conference (GUADEC) in Dublin,
The program, which was instituted last year, has just completed
in schools, with a ratio of one computer for every two students.  All of
computers are using a customized version of Linux, called GNU/LinEx, and
features the GNOME desktop.  

Other free software productivity programs are also
installed on every computer.  The total cost savings exceeded 18 million
or nearly one third of the total budget of 67 million euros.

"For us, software libre (open source software) was the only choice," said
Francisco A. Huertas Mendez, technical coordinator of GNU/LinuEx of the
de Extremadura. 

"We were able to stretch our budget very far and provide a
powerful and easy-to-use environment with Linux and GNOME.  We are also
able to
give the students all of the productivity programs they need."

The Junta of Extremadura has also created 33 computing centers for the
general population.  The centers feature one-on-one computer assistance, so
users who are unfamiliar with computers can learn computer and e-mail
The centers have drawn citizens of all ages and walks of life.  The oldest
of the centers is 99 years old.

"Extremadura has launched a very significant initiative, and we are
pleased that they chose to use GNOME as their desktop environment for
Linux," said Miguel de Icaza, CTO of Ximian, Inc. and GNOME Foundation
president.  "This initiative not only gives computing ability to all of its
students, it also has the potential to grow a local IT industry in
This is an excellent example of the control and flexibility that Linux and
source give governments and public sector institutions."
More information on the Junta de Extremadura's computer initiative can be
found at www.linex.org.


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