Free Ubuntu laptops for French students

Five thousand French students now have laptops running Ubuntu, thanks to a local government initiative.

The Centre Region’s local authority has distributed the computers to second-year university students in and around the famous Loire Valley. Each laptop dual-boots Windows XP and Ubuntu 6.06, with the intention of giving students a painless introduction to free software.

To ensure the students have every opportunity to sample free software, the Windows installation also features, The Gimp, Firefox and Thunderbird.

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