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: It's all in the money
by Rayiner Hashem on Wed 28th May 2003 23:22 UTC

It's not all in the money. There was an article recently about the German government's rejection of MS software even when offered licenses at a fraction of the cost. Remember, Linux isn't German software. From their point of view, it makes a lot more sense to pump money into an international community of programmers (many of which *are* German) than to pump money into the US economy. Beyond that, the German government can put a level of trust in Linux software that it just can't in MS software. It is not unheard of for US companies to put spyware into software shipped to foreign countries. That danger just doesn't exist when you have access to every line of code in the system. Lastly, the adoption of these technologies is done on a point system. Linux won on more than just price. Ease of central maintenence and improved long-term stability have a lot to do with it as well.

PS> Microsoft's latest automatic online update just fscked networking on one of my WinXP machines. I'm not accusing MS software of being unstable, just pointing out that my weekly "emerge world" has yet to break my machine ;)