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Spain Prepares for Largest Linux Installation Yet


The regional Health Service of Extremadura, Spain (Servicio Extremeño de Salud) prepares for what IBM describes as the country's biggest GNU/Linux rollout to date. IBM is to receive $33.8 million USD over a four year period for the development of systems which should enable some 14,000 doctors and other medical professionals access to patient health care data on a region currently described as underserved in comparison with the rest of the country.

Current biggest european implementation title-holder, German National Railway, cites "continuous cost savings, greater flexibility and integration benefits" as reason for changing over to GNU/Linux-based solutions. The German National Railway GNU/Linux implementation currently boasts aproximately 55,000 users, in comparison to the current Munich implementation of 14,000 desktops.

We of course know better: Interoperability and Open Source are not Synonymous.