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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>> fight politics with politics i say: this is not about computer technology at all.
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What on earth do you mean? From a technology viewpoint, many intelligent and sincere people truly prefer linux to windows. I know I do, and it isn't about which os currently has the better Word Processor. Its about open standards and the future.

From an economic viewpoint, linux is definitely cheaper. MS can cut a deal today to make an immediate sale. Heck, they can even give the windows away for free. But once windows becomes entrenched in the system, they can screw you ten-times-over. That's what they've always done.

And why are you dissing Germany? The best thing about linux is that it is open. MS, SUN, Germany, US, Brazil, whoever, can make or use it. Linux is open enough to accomodate all sorts of corporate agenda, nationalism, ideology, or whatever. Relax, man, leave the politics to Rumsfeld.