After switching to OpenOffice in 2005 and introducing Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird on their machines in 2006, the French paramilitary police (‘Gendarmery’) will make the switch to 100% Free Software based desktops in the coming years. The migration should be completed in 2014.
All workstations will be converted to Ubuntu desktops, starting this year with 5000-8000 seats, growing to 12000-15000 over the next four years. By 2014, all 70000 (!!!) desktops should be running free software.
There are three major reasons for the full switch:
- Remove dependency on one single supplier
- Gain full control over the whole operating system stack
- Reduce costs
Nowadays licensing costs sum up to 7000000€ (that’s seven million euros) every year.
I guess this must be one of the largest Linux desktops deployments ever?