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.

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.