Munich switches back from Windows to Linux

Munich switches back from Windows to Linux

It made much debate about the decision of some time ago of the city of Munich to abandon Windows to switch to Linux. After a series of delays and difficulties, the Municipality of Munich had managed to finish the move to Linux on 14,000 PCs used by the administration, completing a migration plan started in 2003. For the move, LiMux, a dedicated distribution based on Ubuntu, had been adopted , but in 2017 the city had decided to retrace its steps … by adopting Windows again. Now … further gear change: the German bureaucratic machine has decided to return to Linux.

In this infinite "ping-pong" between Linux and Windows, the supporters of the two systems try to assert their respective strengths, highlighting in the case of Linux the possibility of saving millions of euros on licenses and hardware upgrade costs, in the In the case of Windows, the advantage of using non-free but more modern, advanced and more compatible with the outside software than certain Open Source solutions.

The new politicians elected in Munich highlighting the need to exploit "open source" software instead of proprietary solutions such as Microsoft Office. "When technologically and financially possible, the city must attach greater importance to open standards and to free and open source software," reads a document with indications on the agreement between the Green Party and Social Democrats.

The agreement has been formalized in recent days and the parties should remain in office until 2026. "We will stick to the principle that if public money, then the source code must also be public," reads the agreement. "It means that as long as there is no sensitive personal data involved, the source code of the city software must also be public." The decision was considered a victory by supporters of free software, who indicated this choice as the best from an economic, political and administrative transparency point of view.

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