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Linux project last week should be introduced the factions by CSU and the SPD in the Munich City Council on the administrative and personnel Committee a application (PDF), which set the guidelines for the reorganization of the local information and communication technology. Like Heise.de reported , emerges from the application between the lines also, that there are hardly any chances for a long-term continuity for the open-source project LiMux afterwards. “

Mux, Kolab, ESG, München (Kollage: silicon.de) MUX, Kolab, ESG, Munich (collage: silicon.de)

the original wording, no later than 2020, is a uniform standard of urban” to draw up, for “internally and externally compatible, modern office software applications” was so transformed that LiMux should have hardly a chance. According to the report, if now first developed a new “Windows-based client” and by end of 2020 developed a “city-wide uniform client architecture”, for word processing, spreadsheet, presentation program, PDF reader, email client and browser “market standard products” is. This “maximum possible”, the applications on the desktop should be compatible with other software products such as SAP. Only a reprieve is granted LiMux-client based on Ubuntu and the KDE desktop until 2021.

which have plans now to Heise.de politicians from the Greens, the pirates, and open-source leaders severely criticized. They refer to them as “crazy”, complain that there is not a comprehensible justification or a tender, and fear costs into the millions. The fact that there had always been trouble with the Linux project in Munich, they blame for the open-source software, but the poor organization of the municipal IT departments.

City Council Florian Roth from the Greens said to Heise.de: “Many millions lost cost of the Linux project, will be the consequence of millions in royalty – and switching costs, as well as the waste of time and resources by focusing on a contemporary not rollback.” Alone until 2013 his by moving to Linux license fees amounting to 11 million euros saved have been. However, also around 14 million euros was invested in the project, as for the salaries of 60 to 70 urban Linux programmers. These investments would be lost in a return migration to the Windows client. According to Roth, PCs sharing required by the migration to Windows would also cost at least EUR 15 million.

Munich turned around 15,000 computer from Windows to Linux as the first city in Germany. The project with Linux and open source was municipal authorities long and fiercely disputed. Also Microsoft opposed intensely against it – some with fairly clear and windy arguments. Apparently, many were afraid that the example could make school. Biggest problem were the interplay with the specialist applications in Munich and elsewhere always .

Thomas Ranft pirates may refer to the step to Heise.de as a “catastrophic mistake”. IT of the city administration have no open-source issue but “a structural problem”. Also Matthias Kirschner, President of the free software Foundation Europe ( FSFE) lays the blame for the numerous problems in Munich IT not with the open-source software used. Finally would “countless companies show that it is” and other German and European cities successfully worked with Linux. Examples include Mannheim , Schwäbisch Hall , Torino , Valencia (but in schools, not in the municipal administration itself) and Toulouse .

Münchens Oberbürgermeister Dieter Reiter, Microsoft-Chefin Sabine Bendiek und Bayerns Wirtschaftsministerin Ilse Aigner beim offiziellen Gruppenfoto zur Einweihung der neuen Deutschlandzentrale des US-Konzerns in München (Bild: silicon.de) Munich’s Mayor Dieter Reiter, Microsoft Chief Sabine Bendiek and Bavaria’s Economics Minister Ilse Aigner at the official group photo for the inauguration of the new headquarters of the U.S. group in Munich (image: silicon.de)

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already 2014 the city of Munich considered a return to Microsoft. Was established that so that users with the operation were dissatisfied. A group of experts should check then the change back to Windows. Allerdsing was the City Council behind LiMux and strictly refuses a return to Windows. In the same year , a request of the City Council showed that Munich would have to spend over 3 million euros alone for Windows-7-capable hardware. This would be then licenses and infrastructure costs. Mayor tab does not back then the problems in the City IT on Linux.

LiMux (Grafik: Stadt München)

shortly after a days Gmail outage caused but significant trouble and apparently a mood change when the Lord Mayor. He announced to review the municipal system by an external Verifier. The LiMux-base client, consisting essentially of OpenOffice, Thunderbird, and Firefox, has been certified by the TÜV-IT however already once before as “suitable for use”.

2015 criticism of the Linux project was then from the CSU Group again. Their mobile computer equipped with Linux were only “a very limited usable” complained two city councils in an application. For them therefore, new Windows and should be bought licenses Office . In November 2016, then became a opinion of Accenture presented tip : how well you are familiar with open source? Check your knowledge – with 15 questions on silicon.de .

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