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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-05-28 Print this article Print

Walter Raizner, the country general manager for IBM Germany, said that the German public sector is embracing open standards-based software such as Linux. "Worldwide, more than 75 IBM government customers—including agencies in France, Spain, UK, Australia, Mexico, the United States and Japan—have now embraced open computing and Linux to save costs, consolidate workloads, increase efficiency and enact e-government transformation. "With Munichs decision, one thing is clear—its open season for open computing. Linux represents freedom and flexibility. This is essential in e-government—they need more flexibility to serve their constituencies better and faster, and freedom of choice to do it at less cost to the public. Munich is leading the way," he said.
Hans-Juergen Croissant, a spokesman for Microsoft in Germany, said on Wednesday that "with respect to the Munich administration, we will continue to work closely with them to explore additional programs and offerings that best meet the needs of Munichs citizens and businesses."
Microsoft is always willing to discuss with governments or organizations how it can help bring the value of Microsoft products and services to the benefit of government agencies, consumers and businesses alike, he said. In a counter-move, Microsoft on Wednesday also announced that the town of Frankfurt am Main and Microsoft Deutschland GmbH have signed a basic agreement for long-term cooperation in the IT field. Under the agreement, Microsoft grants local municipalities inexpensive and flexible terms for purchasing and using Microsoft products. "The advantages for Frankfurt are, in particular, the reduction of expenditure and costs for software license management. "The agreement also secures guaranteed prices for the contract duration, fixed annual installments as well as a set price per PC for the town over several years—a move which simplifies budget planning," the company said in a statement.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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