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Petition: Stay with Linux and Free Software, City of Munich!

In 2004, the city of Munich made a decision to use Linux and stay away from Microsoft operating system. The city of Munich using has 15000 computer running open source Linux operating system. The city of Munich is currently considering a move away from Free Software back to Microsoft products. We consider this to be a mistake and urge the decision makers to reconsider.

For many years now the City of Munich has been using a mix of software by KDE, LibreOffice and Ubuntu, among others. Mayor Dieter Reiter (a self-proclaimed Microsoft-fan who helped Microsoft move offices to Munich) asked Accenture (a Microsoft partner) to produce a report about the situation of the City of Munich’s IT infrastructure. That resulted in a 450-page document. This report is now being misused to push for a move away from Free Software. However the main issues listed in the report were identified to be organizational ones and not related to Free Software operating systems and applications.

PS: Even Accenture, the Microsoft partner, which suggested Munich return to Windows, doesn’t consider Windows as the sole best option.

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