The imminent death of NT4 prompted Schwäbisch Hall, Germany, to migrate from that other OS to GNU/Linux (Google Translate of http://www.schwaebischhall.de/buergerstadt/rathaus/linux.html) over several years starting in 1997 for servers and 2001 for desktops. They found GNU/Linux was solid on servers and wanted and obtained that performance on desktops. That reflects my own experience about that time but I had only standard desktop applications to migrate. They had a bunch of ancient business-specific applications, some of which they had to move to that other OS on terminal servers or run on Wine.
They still run GNU/Linux today and are happy with it:
Overall, the managers of the City of Schwäbisch Hall believes that open systems have distinct advantages:
- They are flexible and can adapt to your needs.
- The large number of developers and supportive service providers to ensure the safe operation of medium.
- Open formats and open standards are the only way information can be preserved for the future.
The municipal government will continue to rely on open source.
Amen. Any talk about GNU/Linux not making it on the desktop is FUD. In the real world GNU/Linux works well.