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Long ago, Munich started using Linux and LibreOffice instead of Microsoft’s Windows operating system and Office. Back then, the council believed that Linux system was best for the city. Munich council administration has finally realized that Linux couldn’t replace Windows and it has finally decided to stop using Linux in favor of Microsoft’s desktop platform.

Munich City will ditch Linux for Windows by 2020, but only if the decision is confirmed by the full council which is highly likely. The Windows 10 rollout process would begin in 2020. The process is of 2-3 years and preparation would start from 2018 itself. The Green Party might try to convince the committee for discussion and consideration, but the support of two majority parties should work in Microsoft’s favor.

“At the moment in many cases it just takes far too long and costs far too much for the city to implement software that’s available as standard on the market. This must change, so that the city remains competitive in an increasingly digital service society,” a spokeswoman said.

The plan is to replace the custom version of Ubuntu ‘LiMux’ with Windows 10 operating system across the Munich Council, the transition also includes open source office suite LibreOffice, the 6,000 users will be given a trial of Microsoft Office.

While the rumours claim that Linux is being replaced because of the political motives. Green Party had said that a move to Windows 10 is too risky, because of attacks like WannaCry. A total 29,000 machines will be upgraded to Windows 10 operating system at a cost of 100 million Euro and we’ll learn more about the plan once the comittee approves the decision.

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