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Operating Systems

Submission + - French Police Save Millions Switching to Ubuntu (

Ynot_82 writes: The French national police force, the Gendarmerie Nationale, has spoken about their migration away from the Windows platform to Linux.

Estimated to have already saved the force 50 Million Euros, the migration is due to be completed on all 90,000 workstations by 2015.

Of the move, Lt. Col. Guimard had this comment

Moving from Microsoft XP to Vista would not have brought us many advantages and Microsoft said it would require training of users," said Lt. Col. Guimard. "Moving from XP to Ubuntu, however, proved very easy. The two biggest differences are the icons and the games. Games are not our priority.

Red Hat Software

Submission + - Red Hat makes 48% of income from 'elsewhere' (

ruphus13 writes: Unlike Novell's recent revenue downfall, Red Hat has been holding up well. Now, there are questions about how successful Red Hat's main business really is. Whereas companies like Microsoft, IBM and Oracle make less than 10% of their income (before taxes) from 'Other Sources', Red Hat makes about 48% from 'other sources'. From the article, "Over the past two years a whopping 48 percent of Red Hat's income before taxes is classified as "Other Income." Specifically, this refers to interest income the company generates and capital gains on investments, and it's clear that the mix between this type of income and earnings generated from the company's core software business are about evenly matched...Red Hat operates substantially like an investment holding company, obviously socking revenues regularly away into interest-bearing investments and investments that produce capital gains.". Is Red Hat better as a software company, or an investment company?

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