"The Fall of the Berlin Wall": Munich Chooses Linux Over Windows

"The Fall of the Berlin Wall": Munich Chooses Linux Over Windows

(May 28, 2003) - Despite Steve Ballmer's personally campaigning for the city of Munich to utilize Microsoft's Windows XP, the city has decided to choose Linux open source software to replace its Windows operating system. Approximately 14,000 computers are affected, in a deal worth tens of millions of euros. Munich mayor Christian Ude explained, "This strategic decision makes Munich less dependent on one IT supplier and sets a trend toward more competition."

SuSE chief executive Richard Seibt, whose company is bidding for the contract along with IBM, commented, "You can compare this to the fall of the Berlin Wall." The city of Munich chose Linux despite media reports that Microsoft's offer would have saved the city almost three million euros compared to the Linux system.

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