I know, the quote from Jurassic Park goes a little different but Linux, like Life will always find a way. And contrary to unruly dinosaurs, if Linux finds its way it’s always good for humanity. After German city Munich kicked their Linux project to the curb, the pretty mediterranean city of Barcelona/Spain has joined many more cities in switching their IT over to Linux and Open Source. 🙂
And while the counter-switch to Microsoft in Munich only benefitted one person (mayor’s wife probably got a sexy new car or what do I know), Barcelona’s move towards GNU/Linux and FOSS will benefit all taxpayers in the region.
According to the news report, the city plans to first replace all its user applications with alternative open source applications. This will go on until the only remaining proprietary software will be Windows where it will finally be replaced with a Linux distribution.
That sounds very reasonable. Hey, it’s the same way as I did it. My motivation was a bit different though. It was pure stingyness that made me use FOSS exclusively already 20 years before I ever heard of Linux. 😉 But nevertheless, it’s a good way to get at it. The function of all the user software must be guaranteed before you can finally switch the OS, which is the smallest of all tasks.
With this move, Barcelona becomes the first municipality to join the European campaign “Public Money, Public Code“.
See that? European campaign! Hey, those Spaniards showing us how it’s done, how to be good Europeans!
Congratz Barcelona. And Boo! and shame on Munich. 😦