Mon, Jun. 16, 2003

Linux Wins "Battle of Munich"

JN - Washington.   Despite Microsoft's favorable discounts for its operating systems, the Social-Democrat (SPD) controlled Munich city council decided for Linux. It decreed after a heated battle between the Linux and Microsoft camps that all of the 14,000 computers in the Bavarian capital's public administration are to run Linux in the future.

The cost of conversion is estimated to reach 30 million Euros, according to media reports. This factor evoked resistance by the Christian Democratic Party (CSU) which favors Microsoft's Windows. As Bavaria's majority party on the state level, the CSU forms the opposition in Munich. It announced a review of the decision, arguing that 10 million Euros could be saved by staying with Windows. The city's vote in favor of Linux was a "waste of tax payer's money", CSU spokesman Robert Brannekämper believes.

Contracts are to be finalized by early 2004.

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