Rewind the clock back to 2004, if you will, when the city of Munich decided to renounce the Windows platform and replaced it with Linux. City officials cited a number of reasons for this switch.

The most important of these being the perception that the open source operating system would be cheaper than, what they called, the expensive Microsoft solution. This radical change resulted in several other city councils switching allegiances — though most still remained Windows only.

Fast forward some ten odd years, and Munich is back with the expensive option.

It is being reported that city officials are now switching back to Windows after realizing that Linux was not all that effective an option for their needs.

After looking into productivity figures of the local departments, the city of Munich acknowledged that employees have experienced issues with Linux. These issue were not present before 2004 when Windows was powering all computers.

LiMux was the open source variant of Linux that Munich authorities had installed three years back on around 9,000 PCs. It is safe to assume that the number of installations have now grown.

In any case, city officials are also citing the overall costs of maintaining the Linux platform and keeping it running. So in essence, productivity is not the only thing they suffered.

Pretty big coup for Microsoft, don’t you think?

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  • Black Eagle

    Yes this is big for Microsoft. Windows is known as the best productivity software. People tend to forget that every platform needs tech support. Especially for large deployments.

  • Ray C

    What a flipping surprise. When will people learn that open source is not always what it’s cracked up to be. People don’t understand it like they think they do. This is further proof. People think they can get off cheap, and that’s all they’re thinking about

  • Biz12

    Grass is always greener. China and Russia are about to experience a similar thing. Windows is the best option for businesses and governments. I don’t really think this is debatable.

    • Rodney Longoria

      Exactly! Those two countries think they’re so great (hacking, no less), why don’t they come up with their OWN operating system and be done with it? Hah! Copycatting is all they are good at, at best!

    • Ray C

      Both these countries are about to find out what a hassle it is to both move away from Windows and have to maintain your own platform. Plus, they’ll find they won’t see the financial or security benefits they think they will

  • WillyThePooh

    Linux is cheap only if you don’t need to buy their technical support and customized software.

  • Ray C

    Microsoft should really make bigger public showings when things like this happen.

  • dksamuel

    Linux is Free but it is not user friendly.Linux is great for servers, python, perl but for daily printing MS office and Windows are useful