This German city wants to ditch Microsoft for Linux


This German city wants to replace Microsoft with Linux and other open-source alternatives

After Munich, now Hamburg city from Germany wants to replace Microsoft with Linux and other open-source software. The migration from Microsoft software to open-source alternatives comes with a series of benefits, including reduced licensing costs and better local control over the code powering the whole thing, and this is one of the reasons some authorities across the world are looking into such a transition.

The Greens announced via Twitter from the 13th round of talks on coalition formation that an “entry into Microsoft’s exit” had been agreed. In administration, more emphasis should be placed on open source products. In addition, more software should be developed in-house. A dedicated AI project is also planned. It is about becoming a “role model in digital sovereignty”. The SPD said it did not want to become “one-sidedly dependent”.

There are positive reactions from the state of Schleswig-Holstein. In 2018, the decision was made to push open-source in administration. Now the neighbors have been “infected”, the green digital minister Jan-Philipp Albrecht suspects with a wink.

Well, Hamburg isn’t sure about the transition will be full or partial. If what Hamburg is planning is a complete switch to open source, then Linux could take the place of Windows as part of a gradual move or just a partial transition that would have the city replace software like the Microsoft Office productivity suite with alternatives like LibreOffice.

It’s not yet clear about what the city will decide but it is has been sure that Microsoft will be replaced with some of the other open-source software. What is your view on this matter? Do mention it in the comment section below. To stay updated on Tech and Cybersecurity news subscribe to our newsletter from here


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