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MidnightCowboy 08. Jan 2011 10:49 AM

Brazilian Education Ministry Dumps Windows
A very interesting move.

garth 08. Jan 2011 02:43 PM

I hope other governments are paying attention.

Jeff91 08. Jan 2011 05:38 PM

Russia announced they where also making the move to Linux in 2011


MidnightCowboy 08. Jan 2011 06:35 PM

Thanks Jeff, I also understand the excellent Turkish KDE based Pardus is widely adopted by educational institutions and some government departments in that country. I had a brief look at the English version a few months back and really liked their approach to making the basic setup easier.

wdhpr 08. Jan 2011 08:15 PM


Originally Posted by garth (Post 43631)
I hope other governments are paying attention.

I bet Microsoft is.

garth 08. Jan 2011 08:45 PM


Originally Posted by wdhpr (Post 43640)
I bet Microsoft is.

I bet they are too:D

MidnightCowboy 09. Jan 2011 07:04 AM

LOL, I don't think it will make any difference to Microsoft here, well in financial terms anyway.

There are legit boxed versions of Windows 7 gathering dust in the "informatica" stores but pirated copies cost $5. The whole university where my wife works runs on pirated Vista.

I tried to buy an English language version of W7 instead of having to botch this with an Ultimate translation pack and couldn't get one, even in Rio. The risk of having one sent from overseas is too great considering the amount of thievery within the mail service so I gave up.

1002richards 09. Jan 2011 08:34 AM

Here are 50 other big linux users:

U.S. Department of Defense
U.S. Navy Submarine Fleet
The City of Munich
Federal Aviation Administration
Government of Mexico City
Russian Schools
Switzerland Schools
and not forgetting ......... Google

wdhpr 09. Jan 2011 10:23 AM

Simply amazing.

MidnightCowboy 21. Jan 2011 07:35 AM


Originally Posted by bibzgi (Post 44569)

It would be nice to hear feedback from TSA members who live in India and China on this topic.

Maybe Anupam can shed some light on the Indian situation for us?

I keep having the same feelings about Windows 7 after a while, usually brought on by the fact that the English translation pack doesn't prevent some stuff still being churned out in Portuguese. This mainly centers around security program log files which I then have to translate which is a real pain. Consequently, my dual boot now has a good 'ol English version of XP on it together with Mint. Apart from testing I rarely use Windows now and with a fresh install I can set up and customize Mint in less than an hour, including the time it takes to copy my main stuff back across from an external drive. With windows, just installing, configuring and updating the security apps is likely to take this amount of time, without anything else.

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