Munich picks its Linux distro

Debian has got the nod from the city of Munich for its trail-blazing migration from Windows to Linux on the desktop

The City of Munich has chosen to migrate its 14,000 desktops to a free Linux distribution, rather than a commercial version of the open source operating system.

The City’s administration said on Thursday that it will use the Debian distribution, which will be customised to meet the needs of the city administration.

Munich picks its Linux distro – ZDNet UK News

One of the things that I most like about Debian and Ubuntu is my ablity to completly customize it. Nothing is hidden behind the smoke and mirrors of Redmond. I can, and have, change the complete look and feel of the computer to suit my personal tastes.

In a corprate enviroment, I think this kind of power would be greatly appreacated. For example, you can change out a few files, and have the boot up splash screen display your corprate logo, or legal warning banner – or what ever you want.

Microsoft is starting to wake up, however. Their patch management has made huge strides over the last few years – and they are actually starting to consiter security as an important feature.

The City of Munich is not the only government organisation to chose Debian. The German Foreign Office and the Office for IT Security, as well as the City of Vienna, have also opted for the free Linux distribution

Debian has a rock solid track record – in fact I think just about the only group with a better one is OpenBSD. It seems that folks over in Germany are starting to see that, and see that free does not equal poor quality. All in all a big win for Debian!

4 thoughts on “Munich picks its Linux distro”

  1. Ubuntu is really cool. I like debian for my servers,and Ubunutu for my desktops. I have download and read the Gentoo install docs several times. I am waiting for a slowdown at work to build a Ubuntu based desktop system. Really, the only package that I need to work with is the artwork package – re do all of the png’s and other artwork there to reflect the look and feel of the corprate logo. The wireless card in my laptop was not supported under Linux when I last checked, but it’s been at least 6 months. I am getting to that point that windows needs to be re-installed, so I think that I will try Ubuntu again.

  2. Yeah, the compiling aspect of Gentoo used to be pretty frustrating for me, but I’m more patient now. When I do large upgrades, I just shut down X, and do it overnight. Almost everything gets done before I wake up that way.

    I looked a bit at Arch right when it first started to pick up users, but never have tried. Ubuntu is next on my list :)

  3. I prefer binary distros – it’s the instant gratification thing I guess :). One of my favorite is/was <a href="; rel="nofollow">ArchLinux</a> as it’s speed optimizations and really simple back end are cool. But, it took a lot of work to get things set up correctly. Software was installed unconfigured. Debian takes care of a lot of that – and Ubuntu is the best desktop that I have seen.

  4. I like Debian, but Gentoo is my favorite.

    My blogs are hosted off a Gentoo box, and the only times I’ve rebooted it this year have been after power outages… rock solid.

    It works really well for my desktop machine too :)

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