There is an end-of-2009 article by Floschi that shows the migration has overcome all the obstacles and made good progress:
- 2500 GNU/Linux clients spread over all 12 departments
- 20000 ODF templates produced and ODF is the standard format for documents
- FLOSS apps everywhere in use daily
It looks like most of the remaining work is grinding through installing GNU/Linux clients. Since everyone is now familiar with FLOSS apps, that should be fairly routine. It looks like 2010 will be a great year in Munich. The difficulty of the migration shows how great is the hold on IT due to monopoly. It shows that there is no time better than the present to escape monopoly.
The long-term benefits to Munich from this migration are obvious:
- low licence fees forever
- local control of everything
- freedom to innovate
- stable formats for documents
- open standards for documents
- low cost of maintenance because of thin clients and central management
- less trouble with malware/security
It is clear they made the right choice. They are on time and under budget despite the best efforts of monopoly to lock them in. The effort they made will be repaid manyfold by a much more reliable and robust IT system. Congratulations are in order.