"Linux software will replace programs made by Microsoft Corp. at
government offices in Schwaebisch Hall as that German city seeks to
save more than $99,255 a year.
"The city, in the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, wants to
complete the software change on its 400 personal computers by the
end of 2004, Schwaebisch Hall said on its Web site.
"Schwaebisch Hall is the first German city to stop using
Microsoft programs as part of an agreement between Germany's
Interior Minister Otto Schily and International Business Machines
Corp., a distributor of Linux programs..."