I'm surpirsed to not see this on L1 news or on this forum.
A decade ago, Munich was at the vanguard of a movement towards open-source software, switching thousands of staff to Linux from Windows at a time when a move on that scale was almost unheard of.
After spending nine years and millions of euros on the project, today the city's politicians agreed to begin preparing to return to Windows by 2021.
Under a proposal backed by the general council, the administration will investigate how long it will take and how much it will cost to build a Windows 10 client for use by the city's employees.
Once this work is complete, the council will vote again on whether to replace LiMux, a custom version of the Linux-based OS Ubuntu, across the authority from 2021.
There is quite a bit to this story, although I haven't really looked into it that much, but it includeds...
- a newly elected mayor of Munich who "apparently" hates free software and is a self confessed Microsoft fanboy.
- a study into the the Munich's current IT problems, conducted by Accenture, who were 'Microsoft's Alliance Partner of the Year 2016'.
- early indications that Accenture are recommending Windows 10
- an iterim realease of the Accenture report ( in German) that actually shows Accenture did not only not recommend Windows but found under resourced IT departments and issues that didn't directly relate to Limux.
- open letters form FOSS advocates/companies; open letter from The Document Foundation - Libre Office
- other related factors include Microsoft recently relocating their German corporate HQ to Munich