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Munich Makes Good

Jun 03, 2008, 13:30 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glyn Mody)

"Remember Munich, and its city council's 2003 decision to rip out Microsoft Windows and Office, and to replace them with free software? It was a seminal moment for open source, when Microsoft brought its heaviest guns to bear--in the shape of Steve Ballmer, no less, who made the city an offer it couldn't refuse--and failed:

"The local government in Munich, Germany, has voted to move 14,000 computers from Microsoft's Windows to the rival Linux operating system, despite efforts by the software giant to hang onto the multimillion-dollar contract..."

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