[Vision2020] How Munich rejected Steve Ballmer and kicked Microsoft out of the city
scooterd408 at hotmail.com
Thu Nov 21 21:18:43 PST 2013
Interesting story. It took Munich a full decade to implement this. I switched over to Apple OSX about 6 years years ago first on MacBook Pro and iMac and then on a MacAir. Microsoft actually made the transition quite easy by supporting their Office suite on Mac. I've recently upgraded to OSX Mavericks and bought the competing Apple products for $19.99 each from the App Store (Pages, Numbers, Keynote which are respectively Word, Excel, and Powerpoint). I also tried Open Office and Google Docs a couple of years ago but didn't find them too much to my liking. I still think Microsoft is doing some things extremely well and I wish them continued success. I hope they choose a world class CEO who is exactly the right fit for them. And I found Microsoft Windows 7, which I ran under Parallels on my MacAir, to be a very nice operating system.
Date: Thu, 21 Nov 2013 08:47:00 -0800
From: kmmos1 at frontier.com
To: vision2020 at moscow.com
Subject: [Vision2020] How Munich rejected Steve Ballmer and kicked Microsoft out of the city
How Munich rejected Steve Ballmer and kicked Microsoft out of the
Breaking up with Microsoft is hard to do. Just ask Peter Hofmann,
the man leading the City of Munich's project to ditch Windows and
Office in favour of open source alternatives.
Munich says the move to open source has saved it more than €10m, a
by Microsoft, yet Hofmann says the point of making the switch
was never about money, but about freedom.
"If you are only doing a migration because you think it saves you
money there's always somebody who tells you afterwards that you
didn't calculate it properly," he said.
"That was the experience of a lot of open source-based projects that
have failed," Hofmann noted. They were only cost-driven and when the
organisation got more money or somebody else said 'The costs are
wrong' then the main reason for doing it had broken away. That was
never the main goal within the City of Munich. Our main goal was to
<[Much more article, with Munich photographs, on the web
Now that the migration to LiMux is complete, Munich plans to
continue developing LiMux (the next version is due out in summer
2014) and continue to incorporate changes made to the Ubuntu LTS
release it's based upon. The authority will also continue to
identify opportunities to migrate other apps to run on the LiMux
client so it can further reduce its Microsoft footprint.
Now that Munich is on a path to freeing itself from proprietary
ties, Hofmann says he sees no compelling reason for the authority to
ever go back."We saw from the start that if you're only relying on
one contributor to supply your operating system, your office system
and your infrastructure, you're stuck with it. You have to do what
your contributor tells you to. If they say 'There's no longer
support for your office version', you have to buy and implement a
new one. You're no longer able to make those kinds of decisions by
He is hopeful that Munich will show other large organisations
that it is possible to make the jump to free software and, while
it is a difficult and time-consuming process, making it happen
doesn't mean shutting down your IT.
"It's the best thing you can do. I've been asked 'How come you
say you're up and running when Microsoft says you're already
dead'," he said.
Hofmann's response: "It is possible to do an open source
migration and still have the citizens not left alone. We're far
from being dead."
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