The German city of Munich, famous for its “Linux” project, with which the software systems of public employees’ computers migrated to free software (Linux), now decided to return to Windows.
After 15 years as a forerunner of Open Source solutions, the city government voted to migrate some 29,000 PCs to Windows 10. The change will be carried out in a process until 2023, with a cost of approximately 50 million euros.
According to the political leaders, this measure was taken to make the work of having a single system easier, because they never completed the migration to free software in all the state teams of the city. It will also reduce the costs involved in these years to run Windows and Linux at the same time.
The mayor of the city, Dieter Reiter, explained that maintaining the infrastructure of a double system is unsustainable: “I have never said that I am an expert in IT purchases, but I am supported by 6,000 coworkers who are not satisfied with the performance of the existing systems.”
The migration to Windows 10 is part of a restructuring of more than 89 million euros, which will also seek to increase the number of applications that run on a virtualized infrastructure or web browsers. With these independent applications, it is expected to reduce testing time.