Germans, huh. Germans have a long history of trying to do the impossible, and an even longer history of failures.
Didn’t the German State of Schleswig-Holstein get Linus Torvalds’ memo that “Linux on the Desktop” is not made for “normal people?”
Does the German State of Schleswig-Holstein believe that “civil servants and employees (including teachers)” are ‘Technical People‘ like Developers, Programmers, IT specialists, etc.?
Well, I have moved from Microsoft Office to LibreOffice, but am not gonna ignore the advice of Linus Torvalds *OR* my own 25 years of experience on “Desktop Linux,” i.e. I’m just “normal people,” and Linux will unlikely ever be my primary OS.
The rise of cloud solutions is one of the reasons this open-source agenda may succeed where previous German attempts haven’t. The most notable previous attempt was the LiMux plan that was set to convert Munich to open-source software.
Yes, maybe the infamous cloud will help this time…tho I avoid getting too close to it, if I can.
Has the German State of Schleswig-Holstein ever heard of the German city of Munich?
City Hall claims that users aren’t happy with Linux, costs are higher than expected.
The world is still waiting for the year of Linux on the desktop, but in 2003 it looked as if that goal was within reach. Back then, the city of Munich announced plans to switch from Microsoft technology to Linux on 14,000 PCs belonging to the city’s municipal government. While the scheme suffered delays, it was completed in December 2013. There’s only been one small problem: users aren’t happy with the software, and the government isn’t happy with the price.
Well, in 2003, Linus Torvalds had not written his memo that “Linux on the Desktop” is not made for “normal people,” so Munich’s ridiculous move back then is understandable, I guess. Took *10 Years* to complete tho, so I suspect they knew they were in trouble before 2013 finally rolled around.
The city of Munich wanted to become independent from Microsoft and introduced the Linux operating system into its administration. But now she is considering a return, says Second Mayor Josef Schmid. The reason, it is said: the many complaints.
Yeah, Linux is not a steady ‘n reliable Desktop OS, so it will always be breaking, and there will always be a *LOT* of “complaints.” Don’t get me wrong, I love Linux, but not as my primary OS. See my Special *PURPOSE* Linuxes page for more info.
I like LibreOffice’s Writer, but it is definitely not as good Microsoft Word.
The north-German state of Schleswig-Holstein plans to switch to open source software, including LibreOffice, in its administration and schools.
In doing so, the state wants to reduce its dependence on proprietary software, and eventually end it altogether. By the end of 2026, Microsoft Office is to be replaced by LibreOffice on all 25,000 computers used by civil servants and employees (including teachers), and the Windows operating system is to be replaced by GNU/Linux.
In Germany, “dependence” on the Beloved State is OK, but “dependence on proprietary software” is close to being a Capital Crime. 🙄
I only use the word processors in Office suites, so the other components may be equal to each other, but I don’t actually know. I keep one license of Office Word just to sometimes double-check important ‘Stuff‘ that I have written wid Writer. The “switch” will probably be problematic in an “administration and schools” scenario, IMHO. Personally, I would try the move to LibreOffice first, keep the Windows OS in place, and if LibreOffice works out, then maybe try GNU/Linux.
LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!