The authorities of the Spanish autonomous region of Extremadura (Extremadura) refused to transfer the budgetary organizations in the computer LinEx

Decision not to LinEx was taken in the tenth year of migration of budgetary institutions on this distribution. According to the provincial council, during the economic crisis, the idea of ​​developing a special Linux distribution has become untenable.

The decision to move government offices, schools and health systems in Extremadura, the ACT was taken in April 2002, reason for migration are the traditional advantages of open source software for: savings on licensing, technological independence, access to program code and program development of the local software industry.

For the mass migration has been specifically designed distribution based on Debian, which was named LinEx (gnuLinEx).

During the first year of the project in Extremadura, with a population slightly more than 1 million people, spread out over 200 thousand LinEx distributions on CD-ROM and a 70 thousand distros downloaded from the site.

It is estimated the Province, now LinEx use about 10% of its residents. After 10 years of migration, about 70 thousand PCs running LinEx work in schools, and about 15 thousand in medical institutions. In addition, in Extremadura created an ecosystem of commercial companies to support the user OS.

“LinEx was a bold gamble at the time,” - said General Director of the IT department council Estrmadury, Teodomiro Caetano (Teodomiro Cayetano). - “But in 10 years, we should consider the advisability of investing in this project at a time when there is a massively supported distributions of Debian or Ubuntu”.

One of the leaders of the project LinEx Manuel Fernandez Montezelo (Manuel A. Fernandez Montecelo) binds to not support its own distribution to past regional elections, which resulted in changed leadership of the province.

Tehnoblog Opennews notice that the claim of the authorities of Extremadura over the high cost of LinEx sounds strange, because in the past few years support the distribution involved only two people.

Público says that canceling support LinEx, the new government of Extremadura will not abandon the idea of ​​migrating to open source software. According to the newspaper, the local council plans to convert all running Debian 40 thousand computers, regional public sector employees. In this case, the words quoted by Público Teodomiro Cayetano, the government has nothing against the other popular distributions such as Fedora, Ubuntu or Suse.

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