New initiative packages Free Software for Governments
SOMEWHERE IN CYBERSPACE, June 20: Governments bold enough to opt for the
freedom that comes with Free Software now have another tool in their
armoury that will make their switchover easier.
A Free Software package know as Government Distro was launched on June
19th by the Free Software Consortium (FSC), a global organisation dedicated to
the promotion and distribution of Free Sofware.
Free Software gives its users the freedom to run, study, redistribute and
improve the vital code that goes into the software programs, and a number
of governments across the globe have been either opting for it or
seriously studing its potential in anticipation of a switch-over.
Some governments have favoured Free Software not just for its
technological prowess, but also for the transparency it offers, its
affordability and its very 'sharable' nature without being encumbered by
Government Distro is a compilation of programmes that are already
being widely used by the public sector in Brazil, Argentina and Spain.
It contains the GNU/Linux Operating System, an Office suite called Open
Office, email and instant messenger, and many other applications,
according to a statement from the Free Software Consortium.
"Government Distro is meant to be the first big step towards the
implementation of Free Software in the public sector around the world",
says Jaco Ainzenman, one of the FSC founders, and current Business
Development Government Body Coordinator.
"All these programs have been used and tested previously, in order to
certify its functionality. They have all being designed by highly
talented hackers all around the world," said Ainzenman.
The a full version of Government Distro is available for download at
All the programmes in Government Distro are user-friendly and have been in
used since 1999. Besides, Free Software Consortium is offering technical
assitance for Government Distro users.
More information is available from governmentdistro(a)fsc.cc