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Background: German Foreign Office drops Linux

Feb 23, 2011, 15:02 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Oliver Diedrich)

"The German Foreign Office will migrate its desktop computers from Linux back to Windows. However, no truly compelling reasons for the decision appear to exist.

"Various German Foreign Office documents leaked, for instance, to netzpolitik.orgGerman language and then in part published, demonstrate that the German Foreign Office has no compelling reasons for its recent decision to migrate its desktop and notebook computers from Linux back to Windows. On two previous occasions, the German Foreign Office had asked management consulting firm McKinsey for an appraisal of its IT strategy, and both times the market researchers' studies concluded that Linux and open source software constitute a perfectly viable solution on desktop computers."

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