Munich is a little closer to ditching Linux

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Munich was the city that started it all, the one that generated enthusiasm on the part of governments for the world of free software and that it demonstrated its true potential as a production environment in thousands of jobs. But things should not go as expected at that time back in 2004, or perhaps there are other dark interests behind, because for some time it has been shuffling la possibility of going back with this interesting project and now they arise new clues about it.

Is that there is a proposal presented to the authorities of the third most populous city in Germany, which suggests that it would be beneficial to abandon LiMux -the distro created from that decision to start walking the open source path. This is clear from a report that was requested by himself Dieter reiter, Mayor of Munich, who requested it to try to determine the future of everything related to IT in his city, and apparently there are some voices that are raised in pursuit of returning to Windows 10 and Microsoft Office as a base platform.

The opinion of the The city's Human Resources Department, which is very critical of LiMux, stating that the efficiency and productivity of the workforce in that sector has decreased drastically since they started using the distro in 2006. They assure that even after 10 years of starting the project there are a lot of discontent and very frequent technical problems, and that even after the most recent updates both LiMux and LibreOffice are far behind other solutions.

For his part, Matthias Kirschner, president of the Free Software Foundation of Europe, was concerned about the possibility of abandoning this project, and assured that there is a certain intentionality in the report that suggests a return to Windows. Starting with the fact that it was carried out with the support of Accenture, a consultancy that has its participation together with Microsoft in a tool called Avanade with which it offers help to companies seeking to implement Windows-based solutions. But beyond this, to Kirschner's abandonment of LiMux, after 12 successful years and having moved more than 15.000 jobs, would simply mean that Munich is in the grip of Microsoft, something that would also be a dangerous precedent for other governments.

It will be necessary to see then, in which all this mess remains since although there are voices against Linux the truth is that after so long the roots are already quite strong and it is assumed that there will be resistance to change. This without neglecting the fact that the city of Munich is part of The Document Foundation and is one of the largest contributors to free software.


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  1.   Miguel Mayol Tur said

    The new rulers are bought by MS, but they don't dare and that is why they go step by step, telling lies about productivity etc. Unfortunately there are no political parties that really fight in favor of the free because it is not profitable for them either economically or politically.

    Because simple complaints of misappropriation when using paid products, existing free equivalents would convert all the AA PPs in the world to GNU / Linux just in case. And when you steal from the public, you steal more by giving the maintenance of GNU / Linux to a cousin's company than the commissions that MS can give you, but those who dedicate themselves to politics are so stupid that they don't even realize it.

  2.   Vinsu Karma said

    It was to be expected, the lobbyists if they have something left over is money to buy people, let's hope that the return to windows does not take place, it would be a tremendous blow for gnu-linux

  3.   Qty Leopo said

    The retrospective would be a shame, what I do not understand is because they were not advised and sheltered by some big Linux company for the project, RedHat, Canonical, Suse and thus have to defend themselves, in addition to support.

  4.   fernan said

    Hello:
    What I don't understand is the need to make a distro in each city. Can't Suse, Redhat or Debian adapt? The same if you put debian in addition to the official repositories, the non-free, the mozilla backports, the multimedia, the chrome repository just in case and an extra repository with specific programs for that administration would be easier instead of another distro a repository additional that the same had 4 or 5 packages.
    Greetings.

  5.   Vinsu Karma said

    Affirmative, I want to think they weren't stupid and probed before