The German government announced it was moving back to that other OS from GNU/Linux. When asked detailed questions about the reasons/causes of the migration, some shocking responses reveal a certain level of incompetence:
- the high cost of GNU/Linux claimed by the government turns out to be due to having to maintain both GNU/Linux and that other OS on every client,
- they did not update software on the GNU/Linux systems for years,
- that explains why they are going back to XP, because it never left,
- so they had constant problems with interoperability…
If you can read German, the reply is here.
Google Translate did not work very well for me…
“21. Is it true, to the knowledge of the Federal Government that has been criticized in the internal organizational review, 11.12.2009, the Foreign Office uses outdated software, for example, in 2009, still the e-mail software was using Thunderbird with the 1.5 version of 2007? If so, why was this not regularly updated to a newer version more user-friendly?
The regular updating of open source application software requires a high internal resource requirements. For example, a new version in addition to functional Additions undesirable disadvantages are its effects to anticipate, as a manufacturer’s liability for defects can not claim to be like eight. The risk serious functional or SicherheitsrnÃ¤ngelliegt after the introduction of a Update is only available from the IT organization of the Foreign Arnt. Updates of existing software are therefore made only when the recoverable The cost and benefits outweigh the risks. In the case of Mozilla Firefox in question was not in the said period the case.”
Sigh. Apt-get update;apt-get upgrade is too much for them? They could not use a local repository, check things out and do the updates from time to time when convenient? That’s an awful lot less work than keeping one machine running that other OS and can be extended to hundreds/thousands with no extra effort.
If they had interoperability problems, I would bet they didn’t bother to update their XP systems either… That would do it.