The City Of Munich Now Wants To Abandon Linux And Switch Back to Windows - Slashdot

Wayne Mery vseerror at
Sun Feb 12 03:07:32 UTC 2017

Not new news. But interesting regardless.  A few thousand Thunderbird 

"The prestigious FOSS project replacing the entire city's administration
IT with FOSS based systems, is about to be cancelled and
decommissioned," writes long-time Slashdot reader Qbertino. TechRepublic
Politicians at open-source champion Munich will next week vote on
whether to abandon Linux and return to Windows by 2021. The city
authority, which made headlines for ditching Windows, will discuss
proposals to replace the Linux-based OS used across the council with a
Windows 10-based client. If the city leaders back the proposition it
would be a notable U-turn by the council, which spent years migrating
about 15,000 staff from Windows to LiMux, a custom version of the Ubuntu
desktop OS, and only completed the move in 2013...

The use of the open-source Thunderbird email client and LibreOffice
suite across the council would also be phased out, in favor of using
"market standard products" that offer the "highest possible
compatibility" with external and internal software... The full council
will vote on whether to back the plan next Wednesday. If all SPD and CSU
councillors back the proposal put forward by their party officials, then
this new proposal will pass, because the two parties hold the majority.

The leader of the Munich Green Party says the city will lose "many
millions of euros" if the change is implemented. The article also
reports that Microsoft moved its German headquarters to Munich last year.

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