Munich Does A Lot Of The Right Things But Still Drags Onwards

“Whatever computer hardware was built in the last twenty years, Munich is running it and the central IT department has to support it.”
 
See Munich now a major contributor to open source
Tunnel vision is the phenomenon where a person’s focus tightens up and combined with a discard of a wider view helps a person deal with a crisis, like a bear going after the kids, say. Well, Munich had a crisis when NT was killed and they had to replace it. They did a lot of the right things:

  • chucking M$ to the maximum extent possible,
  • choosing GNU/Linux,
  • actively supporting FLOSS projects such as LibreOffice, giving back to the community that shares the load making the software Munich uses,
  • rationalizing their huge fleet of applications, and
  • partially centralizing control of IT.

Munich may have put out the fire but they still are far from optimal in IT. There’s no reason at all they have to support 20-year-old computers. Such things can be replaced rather readily in today’s market with savings in energy-consumption, size, space, noise, dust,… Why spend a lot on labour to maintain obsolete technology far past its “best before” date? It’s not as if they are just getting full value out of previous expenditures nor keeping junk out of the landfill. Ten years’ support does that very well. Twenty years is just silly. 20 years ago, I was using a ‘486, for pity’s sake.

If they really wanted to get full value for expenditures on IT, they would be using cheap fanless thin clients almost exclusively. If they can’t rely on their network between buildings, they could at least replace most IT in each building by a few good terminal servers. That would give much better efficiency and ease of maintenance. Instead they persist copying some but not all of their previous mistakes, putting an abundance of resources in each idling PC in the building. Oh well…

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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6 Responses to Munich Does A Lot Of The Right Things But Still Drags Onwards

  1. oiaohm says:

    In a lot of ways Munich dropping Linux would allow items like French police to take foreground.

    Its not like Munich is the only Linux Migration. In fact I inverse the question what are you going todo DrLoser when you are facing off against better done Linux Migrations getting the news.

    Really one thing that came out was that the Munich conciliators had Windows Xp laptops. So they could not give get the OS they were using correct. So they so called complaining about Linux laptops when they in fact had Windows Laptops. This clearly says any secured locked down OS they were going to complain about.

    Any properly managed IT network will have a percentage of upset users.

    That has been the funny part about Munich is how often people start spewing garbage all overing the Internet that turns out to be horribly wrong.

    Really DrLoser how many errors in posting about stuff at Munich before you start being more careful and take it with a grain of salt.

  2. dougman says:

    Already have Android apps on my Linux box, no need for a box. Hell, I can boot up my Android ISO if I wanted to, but again there is no need.

    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/arc-welder/emfinbmielocnlhgmfkkmkngdoccbadn

  3. DrLoser says:

    Not too hard to guess, Dougie.

    Vecchi also questioned why a council that said it had suffered an initial loss of productivity after moving to a new office suite would then impose fresh disruption on staff by moving to Office 365.

    Goodness me … could it be … an increase in productivity?
    Oh, the Humanity!
    Also an increase in interoperability with other Landes, not to say organisations outside Germany.
    Also an increase in the ready-trained MSOffice drones that you may despise, but who are a) abundantly available, even in Bavaria, and b) remarkably good value to hire.
    What with being already trained, and all.

    Not all that many bangs for your buck, really.

  4. DrLoser says:

    Munich … But Still Drags Onwards

    Hardly a ringing endorsement, is it, Robert?
    Are we having second thoughts here?
    What’s your back-up strategy when Munich dumps LiMux?

  5. dougman says:

    Off topic, but worth a read: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/is-office-365-really-cheaper-than-going-open-source/

    “Vecchi also questioned why a council that said it had suffered an initial loss of productivity after moving to a new office suite would then impose fresh disruption on staff by moving to Office 365.”

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