10 projects ditching Microsoft for open source - plus one switching back

French Gendarmerie

The French police force undertook one of the largest moves away from Windows, migrating some 65,000 machines.

The switch to a custom version of Ubuntu and the OpenOffice suite was completed in 2014, to coincide with the end of support for Windows XP.

Speaking to ZDNet, one of the leader's of the project at the time described the move as a "huge risk" but one that would pay off with a 40 percent reduction in the TCO of the desktops.

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By Nick Heath

Nick Heath is a computer science student and was formerly a journalist at TechRepublic and ZDNet.