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TechWorld: Linux v Microsoft: The Battle for Hearts and Servers

Jul 03, 2003, 16:00 (21 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kieren McCarthy)

"Following a widely publicised move from Windows to Linux at Munich City Council last month, Microsoft this week lauded three new contracts in Frankfurt, Latvian capital Riga and Turku in Finland. So was Munich just a flash in the pan or is Microsoft seriously worried about Linux as a force in the desktop market?

"It seems that the German public sector is the battleground, with Federal Minister of the Interior Otto Schily recently praising open source and over 500 public authorities officially asking to hear more. German analyst firm Soreon Research has estimated that the number of organisations using open source software will jump from 12 per cent today to 18 per cent in 2005 and 24 per cent by 2007.

"Microsoft argues however that Linux's apparent success is one of perception not reality. 'The common perception in the media today seems to be the growth of open source solutions, particularly with governments,' reads a Microsoft press release. 'This, however, is not the case and in fact many governments are evaluating Open Source solutions, realising the cost disadvantages and long-term costs, and selecting the higher-value, stable, easy to use Microsoft solutions...'"

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