Canada viewed as test bed for government use of Linux-like Windows alternative

Canada viewed as test bed for government use of Linux-like Windows alternative

An economic development agency of the Canadian government is testing the LindowsOS operating system. Inc. of San Diego touts its LindowsOS as a low-cost alternative to Microsoft Windows. The operating system is based on the Linux kernel.

For the past two weeks, four Nova Scotia Regional Community Access Program centers has been running LindowsOS on six computers the offer the public access to the Internet the South West Shore Development Authority.

'They are working beautifully,' said Peter Dugas, the program's chief technical officer.

Dugas also is director of international governmental relations for The company and the regional economic development agency, which is based in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, signed a partnership to foster use of the LindowsOS by Canadian agencies.

Eventually, the team foresees the OS being used by government agencies worldwide. In Canada, the team expects up to 30,000 copies being deployed by the government, Dugas said.

'We believe it will help the government cut costs,' he said.

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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