The newly elected mayor of Munich and some of his buddies have raised a furor by suggesting Munich migrate back to M$’s clutches.“The city’s IT department, the city council, as well as third mayor Christine Strobl, support the current IT strategy and thus distance themselves from the criticisms of the first and second mayor. Strobl emphasises that "upon careful checking" she still considers the switch to Free Software as the right thing to do.
She has a sound economic basis for this view: Due to reduced licensing expenditures alone, the city was able to save 11 million Euro. The hardware cost alone of switching to Windows 7 would amount to 3,15 million Euro, with Windows 8 being even more expensive according to the IT-administration. A switch would incur additional costs, and mean the loss of the achievements in the support of open standards.” That’s not happening if they go by the numbers, many $millions wasted for no improvement in IT at all. Meanwhile the migration to GNU/Linux more or less broke even, costing about what one or two rounds of staying on the Wintel treadmill would have cost and saving a bundle with each step Munich doesn’t take on that instrument of torture. It’s interesting that cost was not a prime motivator for Munich to migrate but it may be the reason they stick with GNU/Linux.
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