[clug] German City Council deployed Linux OS across their departments

da ro charlesaymard at gmx.de
Fri Jun 12 09:29:15 MDT 2015

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As far as I can tell from what was made public, no official body in
Munich ever advocated returning to Windows - that option was only
brought up by one person, the second mayor (i.e. a second-in-command in
the municipal executive), while non of the people actually responsible
for it shared that stance and instead vocally opposed it.

The politician who did blame Linux for some of their issues, which
seem to have been due to insufficient and badly maintained
infrastructure, has personal ties to Microsoft, who moved a division of
their German operations to Munich recently.

The only report of the evaluation was not available for free to me
right now
(http://www.heise.de/artikel-archiv/ix/2015/02/019_Open-Source), but
from the excerpt it seems to be that it didn't find that Linux was
responsible for any of their real or puported issues.

Unfortunately, 'famous Linux migration project FAIL' is a headline that
drives clicks more than 'Munich needs to admin their mail server


On Fri, 12 Jun 2015 08:39:32 +1000
George at Clug <Clug at goproject.info> wrote:

>     Hi,
> Some time ago a Microsoft news item reported; "German government has
> decided to switch back to Windows after 10 years."  
> http://microsoft-news.com/german-government-switching-back-to-windows-os-from-linux-after-10-years/
> I am a bit confused here as I use the words "government" and "City
> Council" to mean different governing bodies.  But besides this, it
> seems many other web news sites picked up on this and reported the
> imminent  end of Linux use  and the move back to Windows by the
> German City Council, however I don't believe that this ever happened.
> What is troubling me is that doing a Google search, I am unable to
> find any reports about the conclusions of the reported "2014 audit"
> being performed by the Munich City Council.
> Nor can I find any 2015 news reports on their continued use of Linux
> or any move back to Windows. All the items I get in my searches are
> dated 2014 and older.  Surely someone, somewhere has made comments in
> the last six months?
> If you can find any updates on what OS Munich is using, on what was
> the result of the 2014 audit, if it really happened, or what Munich
> City Council's current IT strategy is, please post those links here
> for me.
> The best information that I could find was dated October 2014. But why
> no updates these last six months?  Even when I search on 2015, Kolab
> and Munich I get no 2015 pages returned? 
> http://www.bristolwireless.net/blog/2014/10/16/munich-sticks-with-limux-and-free-software/
>   Steve Woods [1]  International IT News [2], Open Source News [3]  
> October 16, 2014 [4]  1 Comment » [5] 
> Limux iconOn Tuesday, Munich’s first mayor finally responded to an
> inquiry by the Green Party [6] (PDF, German) about rumours regarding a
> possible reversion to a Windows-based desktop environment from its
> current Linux-based LiMux [7] system (_news passim [8]_). The response
> shows that there is no factual basis for the claims made by first
> mayor and second mayor. An evaluation of the IT infrastructure and
> processes is in progress. 
> In recent months, statements by the newly appointed mayors Reiter and
> Schmid (_Munich has 3 mayors. Ed._) have stirred up confusion about
> the future IT strategy of Munich. Contrary to third mayor Christine
> Strobl, the first and second mayors have hinted in recent months a
> possible end to the use of free software within the city. However,
> facts were hard to obtain. The answer to the inquiry has now shed some
> light on the matter. 
> The mayor now admits that the often-cited waiting time needed to
> obtain official work mobile phone is unrelated to the LiMux operating
> system, but was instead caused by the fact that he was the first to
> demand the implementation of Apple’s iOS [9] in the city’s IT
> infrastructure.
> As regards the missing unified mail and calendar application
> criticised by Schmid, it became clear that the relevant Kolab [10]
> free software solution is currently being implemented. This only
> started in early 2014 and is expected to be in use early in 2015. 
> Links:
> ------
> [1] http://www.bristolwireless.net/
> [2]
> http://www.bristolwireless.net/blog/category/international-it-news/
> [3] http://www.bristolwireless.net/blog/category/open-source-news/
> [4]
> http://www.bristolwireless.net/blog/2014/10/16/munich-sticks-with-limux-and-free-software/
> [5]
> http://www.bristolwireless.net/blog/2014/10/16/munich-sticks-with-limux-and-free-software/#comments
> [6] http://www.ris-muenchen.de/RII2/RII/DOK/ANTRAG/3456728.pdf
> [7] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LiMux
> [8]
> http://www.bristolwireless.net/blog/2013/02/14/munich-responds-to-fud-report-on-limux/
> [9] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS
> [10] http://kolab.org/



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