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Heise Online: Tux Takes its Seat in Germany's Federal Parliamentar

Mar 01, 2002, 18:14 (13 Talkback[s])
"After a lead-up period of almost a year and a heated debate accompanied by intense lobbying up to the very last minute, the commission responsible for information and communications technology, known as the Iuk Commission, this Thursday came to a decision on its recommendations regarding the future IT landscape of the German federal parliament, the Bundestag. Hence from the year 2003 onwards the solution implemented for the 150 servers will largely be one based on Linux, whereas that for the 5000 working computers will initially feature Windows XP.

"We have thus made the first successful step of our migration towards open source," Steffi Lemke, Green Party member to the IuK Commission, declared towards heise online. Few obstacles now stood in the way of a further move towards open source, she said. By introducing a motion on the rules of procedure during the early morning session commission members of the Conservative Party (CDU) and the Liberal Democrats (FDP) had tried to postpone a decision. "Only a week ago we had been handed a 500-page expert opinion," Hans-Joachim Otto, media-policy spokesman of the Liberal Democrat's parliamentary group, said towards heise online, explaining his party's reservations. In view of this, it had been a "bold" step to come to a final decision this early, he declared.

Steffi Lemke on the other hand said that, given the one year of lead-up time and the unambiguous guidelines issued by the federal parliament's administration, she considered the weighing-up process to have been "very-well prepared". Therefore the motion launched by the conservatives and liberal democrats had been rejected by the commission's majority, made up of members of parliament from the ruling coalition, the Green Party and the Social Democrats (SPD)."

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