Munich Goes with Linux


At OSCON, Mitch Kapor predicted that the public sector would lead the way in moving Linux to the desktop. USA Today has a long article that details some of the behind the scenes movement in Munich's recent decision to put Linux on 14,000 desktops. Its interesting that this wasn't a decision made on cost. Indeed the winning bid, by IBM and SuSE, was almost $12M over the Microsoft bid. This was more about choice, future direction and out-year costs than it was about the immediate price.