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: Nick
by Piers on Thu 29th May 2003 01:02 UTC

"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. "

Gee, I see that happening in a hurry. Could it be that most German products are superior in design and build quality to their American counterparts and that is why the Rich and Famous will not easily give up their German Televisions, cars, and white goods. You're really dreaming.

As for MS, to undercut their initial bid by more than 7million dollars, wow, talk about questionable business practices. Also as far as training people for the migration, doesn't it take far less administrators to look after comparable number desktops? With Linux desktops being similar in function to both MS and Apple I think the user retraining will be a mute point but hey, I just assume their users are people with some capacity of intelligence. More so than their American governmental counterparts (-: Hey even more than their Australian counterparts (being the lovely country I herald from (any chance of me changing citizenship?)).

I'm sure their longterm outlook is bright due to this decision, may the Governmental workers of Munich have a trouble free migration and happy computing environment (Something I can't say for MS users).