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Manou Chen of Open.Amsterdam (video interview)

By Robin 'Roblimo' Miller on September 25, 2008 (9:00:00 PM)

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Open.Amsterdam (in Dutch; English PDF download available here) is working to convert most of the city of Amsterdam's computers to GNU/Linux and open source software, and to make sure that any remaining proprietary-OS computers owned by the city use open file formats instead of closed, proprietary ones. In this interview, project director Manuo Chen tells us how the project is going and a little about its goals -- and a little about some of the pitfalls it has encountered, too.

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Getting rid of Microsoft?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip:] on October 03, 2008 02:36 PM
An additional remark from the guy in front of the camera, who was not aware that an interview given during the break of a small scale open source seminar on the remote Caribbean island of Curacao would be viewed by quite a few people back home:

It is neither my personal goal nor policy of the city of Amsterdam to get rid of Microsoft as such. It is however our objective to get rid of Microsoft as a monopolist for office automation.
My presentation given during the seminar:
bears witness to the fact that I do not support Mircosoft-bashing, unless provoked.

Considering my lack of camera experience (stop blinking already!) and the fact that it was 34 degrees Celsius (there had been an power-outage so the air-conditioners weren’t fully operational yet)having to make only this one rectification is not so bad.

Manou Chen


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