One Year ago the total victory was declared and 15000 people had migrated to Linux.
The third mayor of Munich Christine Strobl made the announcement and also added that Linux had become the daily routine a long tome ago.
The second Mayor -Josef Schmid- does not agree though and he claims that there have been a lot of complaints regarding the use and he claims that regardless of what meeting he goes to he gets confirmation that all the people are suffering under the use of Linux.
Schmid claims that the decision to move to Linux was more of a political demonstration against the monopolist Microsoft than a decision for Linux.
Some aspects naturally were against the buildup of dependencies towards Microsoft - so he has got a point. Microsoft is bravely showing off as the "brave looser" and have "somehow accepted" that Munich did reject their OS - but they are "always prepared for talks".
It almost makes one want to point out that Microsoft is no battered and mistreated dwarf (as many of their customers are?).
The top dog (and new), Mayor Dieter Reiter, does partly agree with Schmidt and claims that some free applications for Linux are "limping behind Microsoft apps".
He has personal experience from it because he had to wait for weeks for his Smartphone, because they had to implement the e-mail service to get it working - or something like that.
(This makes one wonder how the meetings in the Munich city council look like )
He cannot have meant the phone's OS because that is most likely Linux (Android) with a market share of over 50 % - and there Windows is limping behind with a puny 3 %.
If he is referring to the servers it does not make much more sense, since the web servers are dominated by Linux OS - world wide.
They also doubt that Linux is cheaper since they have to develop a lot for themselves. This should be a one time cost - while the cost for Microsoft's apps are forever though. Munich is also getting a lot for free (developed by others), and can freely use any future Linux app.
In any case; they will spend some taxpayers money to have an "impartial" expert group evaluate the project - 8 months after it has been positively evaluated - and will consider moving back to Microsoft if they conclude as they already have done.
Somehow it belongs to the picture that Microsoft will move their German headquarters to Munich - and that probably means some extra tax money.
There have been bogus HP/MS "internal" reports before which were leaked to the magazine Focus, but not handed out to Munich on request. These reports concluded That Windows would be cheaper than Linux - but did not take all MS costs into consideration.
What does make sense is that people do complain about the unknown - and Windows is better known than Linux... until people get to know it.
The Germans have a saying:
Which means : "What the farmer does not know; he doesn't eat"Was der Bauer nicht kennt, frisst er nicht
So it is official then: The first and second mayors of Munich are farmers