Munich’s Migration To GNU/Linux – Latest

I love numbers. Unless you can describe something in numbers, “knowledge is of an uncertain kind”.

Here are some more numbers from the Munich migration:

  • In 2010, 5000 PCs were migrated.
  • By 2009, all 15000 PCs were converted to
  • Half of all departments have now migrated to GNU/Linux.
  • Munich has switched from Debian GNU/Linux to Ubuntu for better long-term support and desktop features.

see Update 1/3

see Update part 2/3

see News timeline

This shows an interesting feature of GNU/Linux. While the migration from that other OS to GNU/Linux took years and is still not finished, the migration from Debian GNU/Linux to Ubuntu happens immediately. That says something for compatibility and open standards. It also helps that the migration is not just a migration of clients but the whole system of managing clients has improved. At this rate the job will be complete some time in 2012.

It concerns me that someone would switch from Debian GNU/Linux to Ubuntu for long-term support. When I built the installation at Easterville, I chose Ubuntu because they had an LTS release. With APT however, self-support from Debian is pretty easy. Also, I do not find the desktop/GUI differences important. One uses GNOME or XFCE4 etc. rather than the distro. I just find the Debian GNU/Linux organization suitable to what I do in IT. If one uses the “stable” (as in well-tested) flavour, one has an easy job of keeping things running. All the bugs, work-arounds, and fixes are trivially available. Unless, of course, one does not want to do much in-house.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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3 Responses to Munich’s Migration To GNU/Linux – Latest

  1. Richard Chapman says:

    Look out for Department 74. Department 74 is responsible for cleaning all the bird poop off the heads of all the prominent statues in Munich. It’s a very important department. At least that what the department’s sole employee feels. So when we see the headline “Munich’s Department 74 Switching Back to Microsoft”, or some similar headline, we need not give it a second thought.

  2. Yep. Munich is still under budget, too. They found they needed much less than allocated for training. It’s a GUI, after all.

  3. Bender says:

    It is interesting that in Munich everything is fine but in germany they need to write drivers 😀

    I smell MS sales people assaulting on every front to make it their case on “lower TCO etc.”

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