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 OpenOffice.org.
- 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.