"Nine German cities in the state of Rheinland Pfalz are in
advanced talks to replace many, if not all, of their Microsoft
Corp. software products with open-source alternatives, particularly
the Linux operating system.
"'We had an important meeting this month to discuss what we need
to know if we make the switch to open source and will meet again on
Oct. 14 to plan pilot tests,' said Markus Donsbach, IT director for
the League of Cities in Rheinland Pfalz. 'Many of the cities have
to make decisions by the end of this year because their contracts
with Microsoft expire early next year...'"
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