Linux replaces Windows in German state offer for software independence

When you think of business or government computing, Windows and Microsoft Office are usually the de facto benchmark. But that is no longer the case for the German state of Schleswig-Holstein, which plans to convert its machines from the public sector to the Linux and Free side of the force by 2026.

This change will involve around 25,000 PCs in total, as reported by the Document Foundation (additional figures can be found in the Schleswig-Holstein plan documentation [via Heise]). The idea behind the change is that free and open source software should come first. An advantage of moving to Linux and Libre should be to save money on licensing costs, although there are expense complications to consider in terms of the migration itself and the costs of the. operational infrastructure when conducting state business through Linux and other open source software.

The rise of cloud solutions is one of the reasons why this open source program can succeed where previous German attempts have failed. The most notable previous attempt was the LiMux plan which aimed to convert Munich into open source software. This plan fell apart for various reasons, with some claiming it was due to software conflicts caused by Linux (via Ars Technica). There is more to the LiMux saga; it’s a bit of a rabbit hole that includes corporate scratching accusations. But at least on the surface, the reasons for Munich’s move to Windows are straightforward.

Time will tell if the Schleswig-Holstein initiative ends in the same way. For now, goodbye Windows 10 and Windows 11, and hello Tux.

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