Mannheim Linux switch underway
The city of Mannheim will have completed the first phase of its migration to Linux by the end of 2005, and is on target to have transferred all of its systems within five years, according German media reports.
In the first phase, due to be completed this year, Windows NT servers will be replaced by 110 Linux servers. After the first phase the city council hopes around 3,700 desktops will follow the servers onto the open source OS. So far Mannheim is still using Microsoft desktop applications, but has commissioned a study to look into the introduction of OpenOffice.org, the open source productivity suite.