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.