The French parliament has said au revoir to Microsoft. Starting in June of next year, French deputies will use desktops and servers running
Linux, Mozilla’s Firefox Web browser, and OpenOffice.org, a free open-source alternative to Microsoft’s Office software.
For day-to-day documents, French members of parliament and their staff will use OpenOffice.org, currently in version 2.0.4 and designed to compete directly with Microsoft’s Office System.
With versions available in languages from Arabic to Welsh, OpenOffice.org includes several modules to compete with Microsoft Office: Writer, a word processor; Calc, a spreadsheet program; Impress, a presentation package; and Draw, a software package for designing graphics. OpenOffice.org also includes Base, a database tool that competes with Microsoft’s Access.
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