Amsterdam migrates to Linux desktops


Amsterdam migrates to Linux desktops

Antony Savvas

The city of Amsterdam, along with nine other cities in the Netherlands, is embarking on a major Linux adoption trial, fuelled by state cash.

Amsterdam wants to reduce the amount of Microsoft software it uses by implementing cheaper open source software.

Amsterdam’s housing department and a borough office will test Linux on desktops, in a trial expected to cost around £200,000.

The city’s current contract with Microsoft is set to expire in 2008, although the city said it didn’t intend to end the use of the company’s products: just reduce its reliance on them.

If the trial is successful, other departments will run their desktops using Linux.

The cities of Eindhoven, Groningen and The Hague are among the other Dutch cities using government cash to conduct Linux trials.

Outside the Netherlands, cities including Vienna and Munich are also migrating towards Linux platforms.

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