ZDNet UK: German City Reveals Linux Migration Tactics

[ Thanks to Jason
for this link. ]

“A local council in Germany may have found the secret to
overcoming user reluctance to Linux — stuffed penguins and
powerful women.

“The small southern Germany city of Schwäbisch Hall ditched
Microsoft’s software in favour of open source back in late 2002. On
Wednesday, Horst Bräuner, the civil servant responsible for
implementing the migration, revealed the tactics used to get the
council workers of Schwäbisch Hall onside.

“Speaking at the Open Source for Local Government conference in
London, Bräuner explained that some users were afraid that the
deployment of Linux was part of a secret plan to read everyone’s
email, record all their keystrokes and monitor their surfing

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