A crash landing for Linux?
Sep 22, 2010, 18:03 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrea Müller)
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"Nine years after the Canton of Solothurn decided to migrate its
computers to Linux, the Swiss authority has made a radical U-turn:
All its desktops will run Windows 7. Has Linux failed?
"The Linux migration project in the Swiss Canton of Solothurn
was ill-fated from the start, those who followed the reports
concerning the project over the past few years couldn't avoid the
impression that it was nothing but a series of failures, faults and
unfortunate events. Particularly, Swiss media like the Solothurner
Zeitung and the Berner Zeitung re-ignited discussions with
crotchety headlines such as "Auf Irrflug weg vom Fenster" (Erratic
flight to avoid windows) and "Wieder Ärger mit dem Pinguin"
(More trouble with the Penguin).
"Implementation delays, immature software, disgruntled employees
whose displeasure allegedly culminated in the creation of a home
page dedicated to venting their gripes and who were so busy
grappling with Linux that they no longer managed to do their jobs
– all of this smacked of tax payers' money being pumped into
an inherently doomed project. Failure has now become a reality, but
pointing the finger at Linux alone would be as short-sighted as it
is convenient. A look behind the scenes reveals that many factors
contributed to the project's demise."