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USA Today: Linux Took on Microsoft, and Won Big in Munich

Jul 14, 2003, 14:00 (30 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Byron Acohido)

"The German city of Munich was balking at a $36.6 million proposal from Microsoft to upgrade 14,000 desktop PCs to the latest versions of Windows and Office.

"Instead, Munich--Germany's third-largest city and a technology hub for Central Europe--was leaning toward a switch to Linux, the upstart computer operating system whose open-source code is continually improved by volunteer programmers worldwide.

"A Linux victory in Munich would be a stunning blow. So Ballmer visited Mayor Christian Ude to assure him Microsoft would do what it takes to keep the city's business. Documents obtained by USA TODAY show Microsoft subsequently lowered its pricing to $31.9 million and then to $23.7 million--an overall 35% price cut. The discounts were for naught..."

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