M$ had the ear of the US government back in 2006. Cablegate reveals that “According to Microsoft, no government in the world has successfully used Linux for large operations (Brazil and Cuba reportedly attempted this, but then abandoned the effort).”
That’s what the USA wrote in a memo about proposed legislation in Venezuela to prefer FLOSS in government. The memo was dated June 2006 when
- Munich had already migrated more than 8500 desktops to OpenOffice.org,
- China had rolled out many thousands of GNU/Linux desktops, and supported GNU/Linux since about 2000 (see also Red Flag Linux and IDC reported huge governmental procurements of GNU/Linux in 2005.),
- Kerala, a state of India, had plans to move to GNU/Linux entirely by June, 2006.
- According to Businessweek, in 2006, “18 of India’s 28 states either are using Linux or have pilot projects for its use in various government departments and schools.”
- The French national police rolled out FLOSS in 2005 and decided as a result of M$’s poor product, Vista, in 2006 to migrate totally to GNU/Linux, saving big bucks in the process.
- Extremadura, Spain, had already made a huge rollout of GNU/Linux in 2005.
So, M$ was losing in the market and tried to get Uncle Sam to twist arms for M$. Sad that they relied on taxpayers money to sell products. Sad that one of the richest corporations in the world did not have the confidence to compete on price/performance.
I recommend Debian GNU/Linux. It works for you, not against you.