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News: Spanish's Extermadura abandoning LinEx, but maybe adopting Debian


(I post it in debian-project because I think that it has a broad impact.  
Please move it to other list or ignore if not appropriate.)

Just read this morning these news from a Spanish newspaper (spanish only, 
sorry).  Maybe other people know about english versions, or some insider 
from the LinEx project also in Debian can share more news with us about 


Confirmed in: http://www.linex.org/joomlaex/

Some highlights (possibly inexact or that will change in the future -- use 
with care ;) ):

- Extremadura's regional government is the owner of the centre Cesje (Centro 
de Excelencia de Software José de Espronceda), in charge of developing LinEx 
(a Debian derivative created in 2002 especifically for the use and needs of 
this government/region).  Due to wanting to streamline spending, they are 
going to transfer the centre to Spain's government.  This, in principle, 
will end the development of LinEx, the contracts of programmers and the 
comissioning stopped since yesterday.

- More than 70,000 computers with LinEx are used in schools/education, and 
more than 15,000 in health-care (roughly, equivalent of the National Health 
System). Only about 1% of the rest of the administration (40,000 in total) 
use LinEx, though.

- Apparently, Extremadura's government plans to keep using free software, 
and they plan to migrate all of the computers with Windows OS to "another 
free distribution".  In other part of the article they say that they're 
going to migrate from LinEx "to an open distribution, in particular, 
Debian".  They cite in some places of the article Ubuntu as a possibility, 
as well, so maybe there are no firm decisions yet.

Manuel A. Fernandez Montecelo <manuel.montezelo@gmail.com>

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