In 2017 Munich informed that it was going to abandon the Linux operating system and return to Windows. But now the strategy has been rethought and the German city is determined to switch back to open-source.
We may then be facing a new phase in Germany with regard to the software chosen to move the government system.
Munich wants to highlight the open Linux system again
Munich's most recently elected politicians have decided that their government needs to adopt open source software instead of paid products like Microsoft Office.
Where technologically and financially possible, the city will emphasize open standards and free software with open-source licensing.
We will adhere to the ‘public money, public code’ principle. Which means that as long as personal or confidential data is involved, the source code of the city's software will also be made public.
This document was finalized on Sunday and prepared to be in force until 2026. The initiative is receiving several praises, namely among the defenders of free software, who see this change as a better economic and political option in terms of administrative transparency.
We remember that in 2017, Munich had announced that it would leave the Linux system to return to the Microsoft platform. This change came after the German city had used the LiMux distribution for 10 years. But times change, wills change and the open system is once again highlighted.
Alex Sander, EU public policy manager at the Free Software Foundation Europe, based in Berlin, told ZDNet that he is happy about this attitude. But he recalls that it is still just a statement of an agreement for future plans, and things cannot be expected to change overnight.
However, the manager adds that:
The next time there is a new contract, we believe it may involve free software.
On the other hand, there are also those who criticize this choice, saying that a better agreement can be reached with Microsoft and that this is just a more political decision than a rational one.
ZDNet tried to contact Microsoft to comment on the situation, but has yet to receive a response.