Migrating apps is challenge for Munich Linux project

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The migration of around 300 business applications from Windows to Linux is one of the biggest challenges facing the city of Munich, which has embarked on one of Europe's largest open-source projects in the public sector.

"We knew from the start that migrating our many city administration-specific applications would not be easy," said Florian Schiessl, a manager in the city's Linux-migration project, called LiMux. "And it isn't, frankly."

Munich is talking with other cities, such as Vienna, that have launched similar Linux migration projects. "Many view us as an ice breaker and are keen to learn how we're tackling certain issues, even if their own administrations will require tailored solutions to meet specific needs," Scheissl said.

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