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ZDNet UK: German City Reveals Linux Migration Tactics

Feb 11, 2004, 22:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Graeme Wearden)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"A local council in Germany may have found the secret to overcoming user reluctance to Linux -- stuffed penguins and powerful women.

"The small southern Germany city of Schwäbisch Hall ditched Microsoft's software in favour of open source back in late 2002. On Wednesday, Horst Bräuner, the civil servant responsible for implementing the migration, revealed the tactics used to get the council workers of Schwäbisch Hall onside.

"Speaking at the Open Source for Local Government conference in London, Bräuner explained that some users were afraid that the deployment of Linux was part of a secret plan to read everyone's email, record all their keystrokes and monitor their surfing habits..."

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