Microsoft Loses Munich Deal to Linux
Microsoft to lose large Windows desktop contract it has with the city of Munich to Linux and open-source software.Microsoft Corp. is set to lose a large Windows desktop contract it has with the German government to Linux and open-source software. The city of Munich, the third largest in Germany, has chosen Linux and the free OpenOffice.org productivity suite for its more than 15,000 desktop systems, replacing Microsoft Windows NT, say sources close to the negotiations. A spokesman for SuSE declined to comment, while a Microsoft spokesman could not be immediately reached for comment.
The dealexpected to be announced tomorrow by SuSE, the city of Munich and IBMwill be another big blow for Microsoft, which has actively been lobbying governments around the world not to embrace open source and Linux.