USATODAY.com – Linux took on Microsoft, and won big in Munich: This is an in-depth look at why the German city of Munich blew off Microsoft and actually paid more money to the team of SuSE and IBM to put 14,000 Linux desktop machines into service.
“The vote wasn’t just another win for Linux, as it continues to gobble chunks of the computer server software market — a market Microsoft does not dominate. Munich is about to become the largest tech user to deploy Linux for everyday use on desktop PCs, the wellspring of Microsoft’s profits.”
When Microsoft felt it was losing, Steve Ballmer himself flew over to Germany to try and sell it. They dropped their price 35%. They dropped key provisions on their licensing agreements. It didn’t help. Big, big win for Linux.