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French Ministry Trades Windows For Linux

In another European win for Linux against Microsoft Corp., a French ministry is replacing 1,500 Windows NT computers with Linux systems, the supplier of the open-source operating system said Friday.

The Ministry of Equipment and Transport has swapped more than 100 NT computers for machines running Mandrakelinux Corporate server software, and plans to replace the rest on a monthly basis until the project is completed in late 2005 or early 2006, Mandrakesoft said. Computer maker Dell Inc. is providing the hardware for the migration, which started in November 2003.

The Paris-based ministry, which maintains airports, roads, seaports and other infrastructure, has 100,000 agents throughout the country. The agency's information technology infrastructure includes 60,000 workstations and 2,000 Windows NT servers.

The current project migrates 1,500 office and infrastructure servers, Mandrakesoft said. The Paris-based company is also providing training and support for the systems. Financial details were not disclosed.

In answering questions via email, Gael Duval, Mandrakesoft co-founder, refused to give an exact figure for the deal, saying it was worth millions of euros.

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