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Hi Zaphod,
On 01/01/2011 20:52, Zaphod Feeblejocks wrote:
Did you know that anything running Linux in France is not a computer?  The outworking of
this is a skewed market in favour of MS operating systems, and therefore in favour of MS
applications.  This DOES affect LibO.

I would not be so affirmative concerning this news. The deputies (all of them) at the National Assembly are using a Kubuntu system. The whole National Gendarmerie has migrated under Ubuntu. Currently there is more than 400 000 desktops under OOo in the French government. So even if it's not the first time that this government take some strange and contradictory decisions about open source, I would be cautious about the comprehension of this news. Currently the taxation that the Govt would like to put in place is related to the private copy and is depending on the size of the memory on the device. They wanted to apply this taxes to the devices running their own OS. This is why Windows is excluded which is quite different from what the journalist wrote.
There is an appeal to the state council and a vote on the 12th of January.
If you read French, there are articles here:

There are some strong and very political Linux associations in France, like April and Aful that are following this.

Kind regards

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