Background: German Foreign Office drops Linux

“The German Foreign Office will migrate its desktop computers
from Linux back to Windows. However, no truly compelling reasons
for the decision appear to exist.

“Various German Foreign Office documents leaked, for instance,
to netzpolitik.orgGerman language and then in part published,
demonstrate that the German Foreign Office has no compelling
reasons for its recent decision to migrate its desktop and notebook
computers from Linux back to Windows. On two previous occasions,
the German Foreign Office had asked management consulting firm
McKinsey for an appraisal of its IT strategy, and both times the
market researchers’ studies concluded that Linux and open source
software constitute a perfectly viable solution on desktop

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