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Munich already saved millions by switching to Linux

, posted: 30-Mar-2012 15:57

'LiMux' is the project of the city of Munich to switch all its public servants' desktops from Windows and MS Office to Linux and OpenOffice. More than 10,000 of them. It's a big project by all accounts. While not completed yet, the city is already reaping the benefits: Here is some information and discussion on Slashdot about it.

Interestingly, the city has not only already saved itself some NZ$ 6.4 million in Microsoft license fees, but in addition the Linux desktops turned out to be more stable: The number of filed trouble tickets per month has dropped significantly since the switch.

This is an important lesson for every organization: Just because you are used to Windows doesn't mean that you can't switch. Learning something new can be very beneficial: Better, cheaper, more secure and stable desktop environments are available, which on top of it don't lock you and your data into a proprietary strangle hold.


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Comment by paulspain, on 30-Mar-2012 21:44

I'm curious there any well known NZ organisations that have done this.


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