"There was much hoo-ha following the visit by Microsoft's Steve
Ballmer to Munich earlier this year, when he tried to persuade the
area's local government to change its mind about dropping Microsoft
Windows in favour of Linux. He failed.
"Does the decision of a bunch of Bavarian civil servants tell us
anything about the appetite for open source software in the wider
world, and does it have any pointers for what your customers are
"Outside government, the answer seems to be no. Over the past 12
months Quocirca Research has looked at end-user adoption of open
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