] The city of Munich said on Wednesday it would switch
] 14,000 computers from Microsoft's Windows operating
] system to rival Linux in a deal estimated to be worth
] tens of millions of euros.
] Media have reported that Microsoft's offer of about
] 27.3 million euros ($32.3 million) had been almost
] three million euros below that of the Linux competitor,
] but the city had still chosen Linux for strategic reasons.
If I had to venture a guess, there are three big reasons why Linux won here.. 1) It runs great on older hardware (why wants to buy new hardware if they don't have to?), 2) They did not expect to get such a good price from Microsoft again when upgrade time came around, and 3) They want to use products that put money in their local economy, not Redmond's.
Forbes.com: UPDATE 2-Microsoft loses city of Munich deal to Linux