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[News] GNU/Linux is Free (Gratis and Libre), Migration is Not

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Why Migration Costs. Smoothing the way for software change.

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| If you rely on your computer for work, I highly recommend you keep your old 
| trustworthy system handy while you learn the new software. If you try to 
| accomplish working and learning at the same time, you will probably fail at 
| both. If you are facing a deadline and need to get a job finished right now, 
| just use the software tools you are used to. For most people, that sort of 
| pressure will not encourage learning. It will only lead to resenting the 
| differences. As you become more familiar with the new software, give yourself 
| more opportunities to use it for real work.       


Migrations are long-term investments.


Red Hat Solutions Provide Reliability and Performance Gains for Munich Airport

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| Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions,
| today announced that Munich Airport, recognized for three consecutive years
| as Europe’s “Airport of the Year” by air transport research company Skytrax,
| has migrated a large portion of its UNIX servers and desktops to Red Hat
| Enterprise Linux. The Airport has since realized heightened performance, cost
| savings and reliable support.


Munich released template management software as Open Source

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| As can be read in this German article, the City of Munich just released their
| template management software for OpenOffice.org as Open Source under the
| European Union Public License (EUPL). It's great to see that government
| organizations start to embrace the open source development model!


DE: Munich GNU/Linux desktop selects European Open Source licence

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| The LiMux developers are not changing licences of existing software, but they
| are releasing their own additional applications using the EUPL.


City of Munich and German Federal Foreign Office start collaboration

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| According to this German article, the City of Munich and the German Federal
| Foreign Office have started to collaborate on the implementation of their
| open source and open standards strategies. I would not be surprised if other
| organizations decided to join the "alliance" as well. Anyway, very cool to
| see government organizations collaborate regarding the usage of open source
| and open standards.    



Munich Linux scales desktop management

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| The City of Munich has developed impressive systems
| for rolling out and maintaining Linux desktops for
| large numbers of users, according to a British
| developer who had a close-up view of the system.
| [...]
| "Most of the work has been in configuration and
| systems... rather than custom packages on the clients
| themselves," McIntyre said in a blog post last week.
| "The vast majority of the packages installed come
| straight from the standard Debian archive."
| [...]
| LiMux developers have automated installation via
| Debian's FAI (fully automatic installation) system,
| according to McIntyre, with configuration information
| stored in LDAP and the database administration
| program GOsa as a front-end. "They've integrated
| these to enable some very clever management features
| so that all aspects of the city-wide system can be
| maintained from one central point," McIntyre said.

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