Micro$oft's Uncle Bill don't like this at all, he's angry now

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  1. Smokey

    Smokey Registered Member

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    "Microsoft Loses City of Munich Deal to Linux"

    The city of Munich said on Wednesday it would switch 14,000 computers from Microsoft's Windows operating system to rival Linux in a deal estimated to be worth tens of millions of euros.

    The decision is a blow to U.S. giant Microsoft, whose chief executive Steve Ballmer had personally campaigned for Microsoft's counter-offer to the city, based on Windows XP.

    Microsoft has created two funds to discount its products against the emerging Linux software, which is eating into its most profitable business.

    "This strategic decision makes Munich less dependent on one IT supplier and sets a trend toward more competition," Munich mayor Christian Ude said in a statement.

    Analysts said Munich's decision to choose open source software, which means Linux, was a breakthrough.

    "It is one of the largest desktop migrations to Linux ever seen," said Gartner Dataquest analyst Nikos Drakos in London.

    Linux suppliers welcomed the move by of one of Germany's largest cities, where many of the country's biggest corporations have their headquarters.

    "You can compare this to the fall of the Berlin Wall," said Richard Seibt, Chief Executive of Linux software provider Suse. Suse is bidding for the Linux contract together with International Business Machines Corp.

    Linux is considered by many to be the only big rival to Microsoft's Windows and can already be found on 15 percent of all computers sold in Western Europe.

    A Microsoft spokesman in Munich said his company was still at hand if the city found that certain units could not switch over to Linux. "Some applications do not run on Linux," he said.

    LINUX GROWING IN GERMANY

    The Munich decision comes as the German government is installing Linux throughout certain ministries and public institutions.

    In the northern state of Lower Saxony, 11,000 police computers will be switched from Microsoft Windows to Linux from next year, according to the interior ministry.

    Companies and governments are increasingly opting for Linux, written by Linus Torvalds and further developed on the Web with the help of thousands of volunteer programmers, because it is a stable software and not controlled by just one company.

    Hundreds of companies distribute the software, charging little or nothing for the core software, but taking fees on modifications, services and maintenance.

    IBM and Suse declined to give the value of the bids for their Linux offerings.

    Media have reported that Microsoft's offer of about 27.3 million euros ($32.3 million) had been almost three million euros below that of the Linux competitor, but the city had still chosen Linux for strategic reasons.

    Microsoft confirmed it had offered discounts for the total project, but declined to give details.

    Source: Reuters, Munich
     
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    Move Munich to the top of the list of most desirable cities to live in.
    That is like a breath of fresh air inside a port-a-pottie. :D
     
  3. Mr.Blaze

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    :cool:translation when they went to go check for updates on microsoft xp they were blowen alway by all the patchs lol said nah thats ok this thing got more holes then a spaghiti strainer lol
     
  4. Smokey

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    Hi Root!

    I already knew you like the German people ;), and especially the people in Munich! :D
     
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