The German city of Munich is installing Linux on 14,000 desktop and notebook computers.
The city of Bergen in Norway is also going down the open source route: it is planning to ditch its Unix and Windows applications platform for Novell SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8.
The roll-outs highlight the rise of Linux in public sector organisations, which are attracted by its low cost.
The implementation in Bergen is expected to be used by 50,000 local government staff in the city. Twenty Oracle database servers running HP-UX, which power the city's core health and welfare services applications, will be replaced by HP Integrity Itanium 64-bit servers running SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8.
The second phase of the implementation will involve the migration and consolidation of current Microsoft Windows application servers, which currently run the city's educational network, on to SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 on IBM eServer Bladecenters.