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Munich to Go Ahead with Linux After All 142

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the bring-on-the-penguins dept.
Saeed al-Sahaf writes "According to Groklaw and the German publication Heise (it's in German, of course) Munich's mayor Christian Ude has held a press conference, in which he said that the bidding process for the switch from Windows to Linux will go forward as originally planned, despite patent issues. InfoWorld (in English), quotes Bernd Plank, a spokesman for Munich town hall, saying that he expected that the administration would take a maximum of 'two to three weeks' to decide whether the EU's Directive on software patents could affect the city's plan to switch to Linux, and that would be no 'dramatic setback.'" We reported this earlier as well, but now that it's making the rounds again in English, more of us can read it without resorting to Babelfish.
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Munich to Go Ahead with Linux After All

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  • by Eloquence (144160) on Wednesday August 11, 2004 @03:28PM (#9942159) Homepage
    Before you bring up some of the standard arguments in defense of software patents, please read the FAQ [ffii.org]. There is a lot more good analysis in that section [ffii.org]. For an easier to understand example of how software patents affect real world applications - a big reason many small businesses oppose them - look at the webshop [ffii.org] demo.
  • by jimicus (737525) on Wednesday August 11, 2004 @03:39PM (#9942255)
    All they're doing is re-opening the bidding process. Not the actual migration.

    From TFA:

    Mayor Ude, who said he's been thinking it over for a few days, says there will be a legal study completed by Autumn concerning the migration, and if it looks safe, they will go forward and meanwhile the bidding begins.

    With any luck, this will crystallise the issues surrounding software patents more clearly in Euro MPs minds and make them think about more than Microsoft et al's bottom line. Indeed, looks like Munich is really pushing that bit:

    He also announced that the city is going to request a legal study on the question of what consequences the EU-directive on the patentability of "computer-implemented inventions" will have in the current version of the Council of Ministers's proposed law.

    (All emphasis mine)
  • Re:Discounts? (Score:5, Informative)

    by thirteenVA (759860) on Wednesday August 11, 2004 @03:40PM (#9942261)
    Actually... they did. They lowered the price considerably on a couple of occasions. However Munich wound up approving the go ahead of a more expensive solution despite the Microsoft price cuts.

    Here's the usa today article [usatoday.com]
  • Show respect (Score:4, Informative)

    by Tomcat666 (210775) on Wednesday August 11, 2004 @03:40PM (#9942262) Homepage
    I just expressed my respect to those people a minute ago. It takes a lot of courage to do this, having Microsoft Germany in your city and all that...

    If you want to show them respect, go to http://www.muenchen.de/home/81124/contact_form.htm l [muenchen.de] and put in your thanks!

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  • Re:Discounts? (Score:3, Informative)

    by EulerX07 (314098) on Wednesday August 11, 2004 @04:07PM (#9942482)
    He was mainly referrig to a story about this telephone company [slashdot.org] that used a threat to move to linux to get MS to lower their price. Stop being so defensive.
  • Re:Why (Score:5, Informative)

    by Wolfbone (668810) on Wednesday August 11, 2004 @04:47PM (#9942812)
    "I'm not a fan of software patents, but if I did spend good money in getting one, it was made useless/unenforcable, and I didn't get a refund, I think I'd be rather pissed off about it."

    Then you should have read Article 52 of the EPC which explicitly excludes software patentability. The companies that have been granted software patents by the EPO are mostly the same companies now lobbying for legislation to make valid their patents. They knew the score. They have gambled. They will lose. Tough.
  • Re:Discounts? (Score:2, Informative)

    by djfray (803421) on Wednesday August 11, 2004 @04:52PM (#9942840) Homepage
    fine, I mis-analyzed the situation, and took it as a standard game of hit-the-leader and responded as I would to any such remark, I still don't think it deserves the ratings it got though. My apologies.
  • Re:Discounts? (Score:2, Informative)

    by Rude Turnip (49495) <valuation@@@gmail...com> on Wednesday August 11, 2004 @05:48PM (#9943192)
    It's actually a reference to possibly the greatest episode ever of Fawlty Towers (old BBC comedy with John Cleese of Monty Python fame).
  • Re:Discounts? (Score:3, Informative)

    by Knuckles (8964) <knuckles&dantian,org> on Thursday August 12, 2004 @04:19AM (#9945609)
    Don't know. MS gave a ca. 50% rebate when GNU/Linux came into play. As a customer, I would feel ripped off, and I can well understand that one decides not to want to have to do anything with this vedor in the future.

    However, money was not so much involved in the decision. The study and decision papers are online [muenchen.de]. After the rebate offered, MS was the cheaper solution in the short term, but Munich weighed independence of public data and long-term saves more heavily

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