USA Today: Linux Took on Microsoft, and Won Big in Munich
Jul 14, 2003, 14:00 (30 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Byron Acohido)
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"The German city of Munich was balking at a $36.6 million
proposal from Microsoft to upgrade 14,000 desktop PCs to the latest
versions of Windows and Office.
"Instead, Munich--Germany's third-largest city and a technology
hub for Central Europe--was leaning toward a switch to Linux, the
upstart computer operating system whose open-source code is
continually improved by volunteer programmers worldwide.
"A Linux victory in Munich would be a stunning blow. So Ballmer
visited Mayor Christian Ude to assure him Microsoft would do what
it takes to keep the city's business. Documents obtained by USA
TODAY show Microsoft subsequently lowered its pricing to $31.9
million and then to $23.7 million--an overall 35% price cut. The
discounts were for naught..."