Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 28th May 2003 18:28 UTC, submitted by michael
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y In what is being called "one of the largest desktop migrations to Linux ever seen", Microsoft seems to have lost a major account worth "tens of millions of euros" when the city of Munich said on Wednesday it would switch 14,000 computers from Microsoft's Windows operating system to Linux.
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Re: Spark's questions about 15%
by Gonzalo on Wed 28th May 2003 19:18 UTC

"From the Yahoo article:

Linux is considered by many to be the only big rival to Microsoft's Windows and can already be found on 15 percent of all computers sold in Western Europe.

Did I miss something?"

Yes you did, the fact that Extremadura and Andalucia, the latter the largest region in Spain, with a combined population of over 15 million people, have standardized on Linux in the education and government sectors.

Extremadura has sponsored its own Linux distribution ( which is given away with every newspaper. Furthermore, the government both regions have created the following requirements:

a)All hardware must be Linux-compatible, allowing all the features of the hardware to function to the fullest extent.

b)All government employees, whether technical or clerical, will have to show competence in the use of GNU/Linux as part of the state examinations for becoming a government employee.

You are talking about thousands of schools and kids that are running the distribution or that soon will be.

That's one of the things that you might have missed.