Lately, in the news, we read that agitators are still pushing to roll back GNU/Linux desktops. It turns out that GNU/Linux is thriving in Munich. A recent update has these highlights:
- The complement of PCs has risen to 24K
- 18K run GNU/Linux (75%)
- Most users don’t care about the OS and most were not even aware of the OS in operation. They used OpenOffice.org/LibreOffice on both OS so they don’t use the OS much, just the applications. One complainer about GNU/Linux was actually using XP…
- Munich maintains about 4K software packages for their system, so they do care that the software is FLOSS.
See a report from DebConf 15
IMHO, they are still doing things the hard way. They have a lot of bugs to squash because they depend on Ubuntu. Life would be easier sticking with Debian GNU/Linux. Their release-cycle is about 3 years so they get only two years’ use of Ubuntu LTS. They would be much better off using Debian who take about 2 years getting the bugs out and releasing LTS good for 5 years. They could do better by having the non-mobile PCs run as thin clients. Then fewer machines would need to be maintained. After that their biggest problem is that they still have to support That Other OS which is a real dog.
Still, they are much further ahead not paying M$ for use of their own hardware and enduring endless re-re-reboots and malware.