[A2k] Migration to Free Software: The French Ministry of Defence's About-Face in 2007

Frédéric Couchet fcouchet at april.org
Mon Jan 29 06:29:20 PST 2018


Press release, January 22, 2018.

The news site Next INpact has published an article titled “Microsoft
Open Bar: When the French Ministry of Defence Was Gunning for Free
Software”, reporting on new documents that shed a light on the
background of the Microsoft / Defence Open Bar dossier. The article
shows that Michèle Alliot-Marie, then Minister of Defence, is alleged to
have approved the recommendations of a 2005 report recommending that the
Ministry of Defence migrate its IT to free software — just a few years
before the Ministry chose to sign an Open Bar agreement with Microsoft,
without any public proceedings or call for competititive procurement,
and against the advice of military experts.

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April - Promouvoir et défendre le logiciel libre


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