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

Ben Bucksch ben.bucksch at
Thu Feb 23 15:06:27 UTC 2017

I've been following this and even briefly spoke to some of those 
responsible for the project.

They had problems, but many of them were home-made, due to their 
internal organization:

* They had 3 different departments in charge, and no strong leadership. 
Even if the people in charge knew what's best, they could not get it 
through. An organization like that cannot work.

* They used a Firefox and Thunderbird that was years old, even at the time.

* Last but not least, it was a political issue. The political party of 
the major changed, and the decision changed.

* When they started, many of their applications were age-old Windows app 
or Office macros. Getting rid of that legacy was a big part of the project.

* Also, Microsoft Germany is in Munich.

This has little to do with technical merits and all to do with *how* you 
approach a project. A huge project like this needs to be done with 
technical expertise, and the people in charge need to be able to get 
things done.

Wayne Mery wrote on 12.02.2017 04:07:
> Not new news. But interesting regardless.  A few thousand Thunderbird 
> seats.
> "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
> reports:
> 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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