The decision will doubtless come as a blow to Microsoft, which pulled out all the stops to get the city to stay with proprietary software. According to a document seen by USA Today, among the concessions the software behemoth was prepared to punt Munich's way were undercutting a Linux bid by $12m; letting Munich license some stripped-down Windows and offering training and support for nothing.
Munich's local government says its year-long trial has proved a success, and it is sticking with open source for its desktops. It is, apparently, the biggest ever move from proprietary software to open source.
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