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Linux Magazine: Munich Demands Clarity

Feb 06, 2005, 20:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Daniel Egger)

"The mayor of Munich, Germany, Christian Ude, recently found a creative way to focus worldwide attention on the unavoidable conflict between the current 'business as usual' patent system, which favors large corporations, and the innovative business models and greater customer choices made possible by Linux and its open source licensing model. It may be surprising that a municipality, even one as large as Munich, finds itself at the forefront of a worldwide political and financial debate about open source software, but Ude understands what's at stake, and succeeded in translating the often confusing and ideologically charged conflict into something even non-developers can understand: taxpayers' money.

"Two years ago, Munich launched a five-year, $40 million initiative, 'Project LiMux,' to migrate its more than 11,000 city-employee desktops from proprietary applications running on Microsoft Windows NT to a completely free and open source stack..."

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