Munich to stick with open source

By on June 18, 2004, 3:33 AM
It got everyone by surprise when last year Munich's city officials voted against propietary software and decided to switch over open-source products that include Linux-based operating systems, OpenOffice and Mozilla. It's now been announced that the yearlong trials have been a success, they are sticking to Linux.

[COLOR=#1951B9]The change will officially take place on July 1, and 14,000 desktops will permanently migrate to the open-source platform. The pilot was run using Novell's SuSE Linux and IBM products. But the eventual contract--which could be worth tens of millions of euros--will be put out to tender.[/COLOR]

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Mictlantecuhtli said:
[url=]Munich's Linux Plans Hit A Patent Snag[/url][quote]The proposed operating-system migration of the City of Munich's 14,000 desktops from Microsoft to Linux was placed in jeopardy Friday, when a Munich alderman petitioned the Bavarian city's mayor to examine the status of software patents in the European Community.The issue was raised by Green Party Alderman Jens Muehlhaus, who warned that patent issues could grind some of the city's departments to a halt in the future. The issue involves a proposed directive on software patents that is being considered by various European governments, including Germany, France, and the U.K. [/quote]Well, now we can see what [url=
140]EU's software patents[/url] are causing.
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