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: Microsoft Loses City of Munich Deal to Linux
by Nick on Wed 28th May 2003 20:31 UTC

Pure politics:

german city picks (suse) german linux co. ....most likely

....despite the lowered price from (ms) american co.

.... ms final bid was evidently lower than suse bid

.....users of 14,000 computers will have to be trained on new software and new environment

.....administrators will have to be trained on new software

purchasing for all hardware will be constrained to items that meet linux hardware compatability: fewer choices for higher prices in many cases i would wager

....seems to me german city is jumping through hoops to spend more and inconvenience a lot of people simply to prove some agenda

....politics

americans should consider proving a point with german goods and services by boycotting them.

fight politics with politics i say: this is not about computer technology at all.