Next year, users of 7,500 of the 16,000 desktop workstations in the municipality of Vienna will have the choice of moving to Linux, according to Erwin Gillich, head of the city’s information services. An evaluation of this test will follow in 2006.

Vienna is one of several European cities and institutions to switch to the free operating system. Compared to the decision by the city of Munich, which will fully replace Microsoft Corp. operating systems with Linux, the municipality of Vienna is opting for a slow transformation. The cost will be about

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