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Linux-on-the-desktop pioneer City of Munich now considering a switch back to Windows

The world is still waiting for the year of Linux on the desktop, but in 2003 it looked as if that goal was within reach. Back then, the city of Munich announced plans to switch from Microsoft technology to Linux on 14,000 PCs belonging to the city's municipal government. While the schemesuffered delays, it was completed in December 2013. There's only been one small problem: users aren't happy with the software, and the government isn't happy with the price.

The switch was motivated by a desire to reduce licensing costs and end the city's dependence on a single company. City of Munich PCs were running Windows NT 4, and the end of support for that operating system meant that it was going to incur significant licensing costs to upgrade. In response, the plan was to migrate to OpenOffice and Debian Linux. Later, the plan was updated to use LibreOffice and Ubuntu.

German media is reporting that the city is now considering a switch back to Microsoft in response to these complaints. The city is putting together an independent expert group to look at the problem, and if that group recommends using Microsoft software, Deputy Mayor Josef Schmid of the CSU party says that a switch back isn't impossible.

Schmid describes two major problems. The first is the issue of compatibility; users in the rest of Germany that use other (Microsoft) software have had trouble with the files generated by Munich's open source applications. The second is price, with Schmid saying that the city now has the impression that "Linux is very expensive" due to custom programming. Schmid also appears to be an Outlook fan, bemoaning the loss of a single application to crosslink mail, contacts, and appointments.


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Philippe J DEWOST's curator insight, August 29, 2014 1:59 AM

Interesting spark in the neverending debate between acquisition, maintenance and usage costs.

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Deux semaines après le des distributeurs de cartes SIM, l’opérateur publie une carte du déploiement de ses bornes.

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La fusion Numericable-SFR, une entrave à la concurrence ? - Europe1

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Orange Business Services souhaite intensifier sa vente indirecte

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Orange Business Services prévoit d'accentuer son canal de vente indirecte. L'objectif : passer de 200 partenaires certifiés à 300 d'ici à 2015.

 

Pas facile pour une entreprise, positionnée historiquement dans la vente directe, de développer un réseau de partenaires... « Nous n'avons certes pas l'ADN d'un vendeur en indirect, mais on se soigne », ironise Marc Blanchet, directeur de la division entreprises France d'Orange Business Services, lors de la présentation du projet de renforcement du canal de vente indirecte organisée au Pavillon d'Armenonville mardi 18 septembre.


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[EXCLUSIF] SFR balance sur Free Mobile

Joint, le service résiliation d'SFR balance sur Free Mobile et sur les offres proposées. http://www.facebook.com/tsitv Orange réagit: http://www.youtube.com/...
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Comment trouver le forfait illimité au meilleur prix ? Free mobile ... - Edcom

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