German governments and schools are beginning to consider open source technology

Though a year later than planned and almost three years after the initial announcement of its plans to move to open source technology, the city of Munich has begun its migration to Linux and OpenOffice. The “Linux in Munich” initiative, also known as “Limux,” is designed around the idea that the Linux world will get larger, while the Windows world will begin to shrink. The first 100 of Munich's 14,000 PCs have successfully been switched from Microsoft Windows to Debian Linux with OpenOffice 2. The city will continue to use PCs powered by both Windows and Linux.

The team has created a set of guidelines that it believes will help while dealing with format conversion issues between Microsoft software and OpenOffice. A serious challenge the Limux team is facing is the transition from Windows to Linux with some of the city's larger public administration's departments.  Although it will be a challenge, the team doesn't expect too many problems arising due to the complex processes that the public administration's departments work with on their PCs.

The city hopes to have four out of every five PCs switched to open source technology by the end of 2008. The city doesn't plan on converting entirely to Linux.

Governments and schools across the world are beginning to consider open source technology as a viable alternative to the Windows operating system. India is the latest nation that looks like it could be a key operating system battleground.

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