Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on January 26, 2007 03:46 AM
The plan for The City of Munich to move 14,000 PC's to Linux was made in <a href="http://www.desktoplinux.com/news/NS3199247984.html" title="desktoplinux.com">2003</a desktoplinux.com> with the intent to start the roll-out in 2004.
Unsurprisingly, with such an audacious plan there were <a href="http://www.crn.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=26800043&flatPage=true" title="crn.com">speed bumps.</a crn.com> Most of these were overcome, at least from a planning perspective.
But, despite all the Linux community chest beating and fanatical bravado, it seemed unlikely that The City of Munich would have more than <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9003515" title="computerworld.com">200 Linux desktops by the end of 2006!</a computerworld.com> I'd say that that was a "massive failure to live up to announced expectations." <sarcasm>But, don't fret, The City of Munich is really cranking things up by recently posting job offerings for four count 'em <a href="http://www.marsmenschen.com/index.php/2006/12/22/city-of-munich-is-looking-for-additional-linux-specialists-technical-system-integration/" title="marsmenschen.com">4 Linux specialists.</a marsmenschen.com> At that rate, their bound to have the project half finished but 2020.</sarcasm>
There's no question that there has been a MASSIVE amount of hype regarding The City of Munich switching to Linux. There have been all sorts of loft goals and some outrageous claims made. This has significantly raised expectations. But frankly, a 200 PC roll-out is underwhelming at best as we enter the fourth year since the ballyhoo began.