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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by Datschge on Wed 28th May 2003 20:18 UTC

(since it's about my hometown ;)

SuSE's (the winning company) press release in English:
http://www.suse.com/us/company/press/press_releases/archive03/munic...

The whole deal started two months ago with a study by Unilog Integrata which concluded that a Linux-only offering is superior to mixed environments and Windows-only in all cases by a wide margin. This led to heavy activity on Microsoft part, the most famous being Ballmer stopping his holidays and paying Munich a visit for convincing them to take Microsoft nevertheless, reducing the price of their offer and adding goodies omitted before. This again led to a small add-on to Unilog's study last Wednesday suddenly concluding that a Windows-only solution is preferable with the now suggested price of ? 27 million by Microsoft versus the ? 30 million estimated by SuSE and IBM. This again led to heavy activities in the Technische Universität Munich spawning protest letters etc. This Monday the governing SPD (socialdemocrats) and Greens party in Munich released press releases that they decided pro Linux after looking at the offers again. This of course spawned protest from Microsoft which German spokesman Hans-Jürgen Croissant had been quoted calling the whole progress "unfair competition" and asked for a revision of all negotiations. Subsequently on Tuesday the Greens in Munich released another press release confirming that Microsoft is still trying everything to get the offer and reduced the price another ? 7 million, but that their fraction's decision for Linux is firm and that Microsoft last discount is highly questionable if not even illegal. Today the Stadtrat (city government) consisting of seven partys decided pro Linux, with CSU (conservatives, governing party of Bavaria of which Munich is the capital) being the only party against the decision (just now I'm amusedly reading quotes by them calling the decision "hazardous" =). Btw I'd really like to give links but I figured most people here won't want to read German or some babelfished translations of it. ;)