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The Register: Linux in Munich--Gartner Gets Retaliation in Prematurely?

Jul 23, 2003, 20:00 (21 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Lettice)

"In what some less incisive souls are viewing as ammunition for the counter-attack, a recent Gartner 'first take' (the research outfit's free info-gobbets) warns that Munich city council's decision to migrate to Linux should not be seen as proving the case for Linux on the desktop. Which is no more than, as we say over here, the bleedin' obvious, but although the conclusion is sensible enough (in a bleedin' obvious sort of way, that is), the note also includes some claims that some people might interpret as suggesting Munich's decision was thoroughly perverse.

"Gartner does not say outright that it thinks the Munich switch will turn out to be a costly failure, but it seems to question the move in terms both of cost and methodology. The migration, it says, will cost around €30 million, whereas an upgrade to Windows would have cost €27 million, excluding the extra discounts from Microsoft which Munich spurned. Alongside this, Gartner claims that 'many applications will not migrate to Linux; but will be run either as thin client systems or 'using virtual machine software, such as VMware...'"

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