|Acording to this Wired article, the “Junta de Extremadura”, the local government of the Spanish region of Extremadura, has made 80,000 CDs of a home-grown Debian derivative distro called LINEX, which will be distributed to 670 schools within the region, through newspaper inserts to the public, and will be used in public offices throughout the region.
Unlike a similar scheme in Mexico, the administration plans to follow up the software with training for the 15,000 teachers in the region so that they can make full use of it. The scheme serves to save the region around $7 million a year and appears to the the first widespread adoption of Debian by an entire region — let’s hope it’s not the only one.
The LINEX distribution (ISOs mirrored here) was created by the region as a simple one-CD system suited for newbies. It is based on Debian woody and kernel 2.4.14, and features common software such as Gnome, XMMS, Abiword, Gnumeric, Mozila, Galeon, etc.
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