Linux Triumph over Microsoft in Quebec Court Case

Linux Triumph over Microsoft in Quebec Court Case

To bid on a much waited productive indenture, a Quebec Court ruled a regional organization to be erroneous to install Microsoft software on its computers without letting others, such as Linux dealers. To install Microsoft software on its computers, the Province's Public Pension fund administrator had depleted 720,000 Canadian dollars (686,000 US) beginning in the drop of 2006.

The Quebec Superior Court Judge Denis Jacques had his own rules of for expenditures over 25,000 dollars (24,000 US); but he did not consider them and was thus, blamed to have had found some alternatives as mandatory.

Microsoft dealer Compugen of Richmond Hill, Ontario received the contract. Montreal-based Savoir Faire Linux deals in open-source software, and in March 2008, he'd filed a lawsuit. A bid to cancel the contract by Savoir Faire Linux was not approved as the software installation had been finished then. The Company had granted the costs of its litigation.

Also, in the matter to switch operating systems on its computers, the Government had not agreed explaining that it will then have to incur supplementary price to train the staff that is used to Microsoft products.

"The [government] should have issued a request for proposals. Under the circumstances, it wouldn't be reasonable to retroactively cancel the purchase, given that it wasn't in bad faith", the judge said.