A few months ago we heard the unpleasant news that various consultancies were advising the Munich City Council to abandon Gnu / Linux and return to Windows. The figures advised otherwise, which is why many media as well as bloggers and institutions criticized the report, but it seems that it will become a reality.
The governing parties of the Munich City Council have presented a plan to begin the migration to Windows, setting the 2020 deadline to complete the process.
This means that all City Council teams will be updated and will have Windows 10 as the main operating system. Although those responsible have stated that LiMux will not disappear or computers with this operating system, although they will be secondary computers that will be connected to the Windows network.
LiMux will continue to be present in some computers of the Munich City Council
But the saddest thing about this news is that everything indicates that not only will the operating system be changed but that it will try to go to the proprietary format. Thus, lMunich computers will not only have Windows 10 but will also have an Office 365 subscription package, where workers will have to use Word, Outlook, Excel, etc ... to be able to work. In addition to this plan, no free alternative has been presented, so the free format seems to be declining in Germany, at least in the city of Munich.
LiMux is a distribution that is based on Ubuntu 12.04, an outdated and not functional version. And instead of updating, the LiMux developers have followed through with it; on the other hand, hardly any training has been created to use this operating system, so dissatisfaction with this distribution has been general To such an extent that Windows is preferred at all costs? Indeed, no one within the government has opposed this change and the amount of money that this change will entail is not yet known.
Unfortunately Munich is not the first city to do this. In Spain we know this type of situation very well, but this has been for quite some time and it seemed that it would not happen again… Until this.
Let's hope that Munich is not an example for more European cities and return to the private format leaving aside the free format. Y What do you think? Do you think what Munich has done is a wise decision?