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On Tue, 2010-11-02 at 22:09 +0100, Peter Rodwell wrote:
I answered a posting from Ernst W. Winter:

Yes sounds good. How did the city of Munich change 14,000 PC to OOo?

with a somewhat cursory "I don't know" but the question piqued my interest.
A few minutes' Googling came up with the answer: It didn't.

Reports (e.g., at
show that only 80% of the city's 14,000 PCs will have been changed to open source by
2012 - that's EIGHT YEARS after the project was given the green light.

To be fair, Oo was only a small part of the changeover, which involved an upfront
cost of €13 million for LiMux, a special version of Linux. The council says that's
€2 million MORE than it would have cost to upgrade from Windows NT4 to XP,
but their point wasn't short-term financial saving -- they were more concerned about
being tied to a single supplier.

While a city council can apparently afford to spend this time and taxpayer's money
changing to open source, no corporate CFO would even consider it.

Some have done. Ernie Ball Guitar strings is one famous case. We are
small but we did it :-)

So I'd say few rather than no CFOs. But we know all that anyway.

Personally, I'm quite happy for Windows to act as a giant magnet pulling
all the malware away from my company :-). I just checked an e-mail
attachment supposedly sent from DHL. .exe file so some Windows malware
or other. Do we really want that stuff targeting Linux any sooner than
necessary? :-)

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