I guess I’ve reported about the city of Munich/Germany’s switch to Linux already some time ago. And now it finally is a title story at Tech Republic.
So many Linux, that much WOW!
Most interesting aspects for me were the reasons for the switching project by the team leader. Astonishingly enough it was not at all about money …
According to Mr. Hofmann it was about gaining independence from a proprietary infrastructure. Why try to fit into an alien infrastructure and behave accordingly to their update intervalls and service regulations when you can make up your own rules?
The story about the nearly 10 years long adoptation to Linux makes a really amusing and enlightening read. Dunno when I first heard about Munich’s struggle to escape the American overlords, but it was a looong time ago. In the meantime I heard a lot of rumours, heard about near mutinous administrative workers and about the project being put on ice … only to learn now, all of a sudden, project LiMux is alive and kickin’!
It’s probably not for the worst that it took Hofmann and team so long to reset the infrastructure of a huge municipality. They did it thoroughly, taking their time, made sure everyting worked fine before they finally pulled the lever … and flushed Microsoft down the toilet of history.
Oh, but one point of criticism about Tech republic’s article. See this:
This is exactly the reason why American journos should be banned from political commentaries worldwide. As if it would be so complicated to make the distinction between socialism and social democracy Mr. Health just put a city with over a milion residents square in the socialist camp! 😮 They are after all Bavarians, the German equivalent of Texans, and as far removed from socialism as one can imagine. One view at the political system in Germany should tell him that the social democratic party of Germany SPD in most cities even refuses to talk with the Socialist party Die Linke. Together they could maybe even be the guv’ment but they are too stupid. Now the fukn SPD is junior-partner of their former sworn enemies, the right wingers of Angela Merkel’s CDU. That’s how we roll in Germany of 2016. Our politicians are nothing but a bunch of coldblooded career party soldiers, no matter what the basis thinks about their betrayal, no matter what the party once stood for. 😦 No wonder nobody but some pensioners votes anymore.
Anyhoo, huge congratz on your newly found freedom, Munich.