Linux proponents: Munich return to Microsoft the administration will paralyze years

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"Limux", The fabric mascot of the Linux operating system vendor before the town hall of the Bavarian capital Munich

(Picture: AP, Peter Kneffel)

The opposition in the Munich City Council warns in view of the planned roll back to Windows and presumably Microsoft Office before a costly Schildbürger prank. The administration oversleep so in the future.

CSU and SPD have made on Wednesday at the Munich City Council set the course for this is that in the administration of the Bavarian capital by the end of 2020, a city-wide unified client architecture for around 29,000 computers based on Windows is to be established at the latest. In the office are the future "commercially available standard products" use. The opposition criticized the looming for some time resolution of the Lead Management Committee sharp as expensive Schildbürger string with which the signs of the times were misunderstood.

Florian Roth, leader of the Greens in Munich's Representative Assembly, described it as "absurd"To want to turn the clock back from open source client LiMux and LibreOffice toward Microsoft. The decision was unacceptable because the initiative was considered contrary to the express wishes of the elected representatives not by external experts on economic viability. The final decision on the purchase of Microsoft Office have indeed moved the grand coalition in 2018, but already endorsed the expensive purchase of 6,000 licenses for it. so it is clear for the opposition politician: "Schilda says hello."

Wrong priorities set?

Roth threw black and red also to neglect safety issues and to set the wrong priorities outlined in the reorientation of urban management. It is undisputed among experts, he said, "that a monoculture only with Microsoft products for operating system and Office applications have a higher risk of cyber attacks as a diverse landscape, which also and especially open source products include", The Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) have therefore decided on a "heterogeneous environment" to migrate Windows and Linux systems. Exactly such a mixture would alleging Green for Munich "both cost-effective, less expensive and just much safer",

this country during Schleswig-Holstein have taken the opposite approach towards more free software and about and Britain put on LibreOffice, the coalition on the Isar would now forced bless all departments and departments with products from Redmond despite warnings against the trend with's failed secrecy pursuit, complained Roth. This would funding "thrown out the window, exposed to skills in the open source area, the administration engaged in an elaborate Total migration for years and kept away from more important tasks", Instead of relying perspective on platform-independent solutions, Munich oversleep like this "rediscovered love" to the last few years resident giant Microsoft in the future.

Tallinn explanation for open standards

In a few years operating systems technically no longer mattered, the FDP Councilor Thomas Ranft points out. Since one must not issue a mid double-digit million amount for a migration to Windows. Similarly, spokesman of the Left expressed. Total costs threaten hundreds of millions, if even Microsoft Office to be introduced and in turn macros, forms and templates need to be modified.

"Europe seen politicians the importance of free software for the modernization of the state", Stated Matthias Kirschner President of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE). So did 32 responsible for e-Government EU ministers declared in October in Tallinn declaration of its intention Linux & Co. and promote open standards. The European Commission will be encouraged to take account of this requirement in developing their IT infrastructures.

Munich drifting contrast "in a non-transparent process in the opposite direction"Complained Kirschner. Instead of focusing on the organizational IT problems of the city, Mayor Dieter Reiter (SPD) and his deputy Josef Schmid (CSU) started a "translucent project" and put the next new IT lecturers with a fait accompli. "WiMue" (Windows in Munich) will "paralyze the administration for years", Suffering would include both administrative employees and citizens. The fact that the grand coalition in the upcoming plenary session of the city council in two weeks, where the views of the Committee will be called again, still umentscheidet, but is to be expected any more.(Stefan Krempl) /(Axk)