The story of the thorny path of the project implementation LiMux in Munich

Shisl Florian (Florian Schie? L), deputy project manager LiMux city of Munich, the first time publicly outlined the reasons for migration to an open city computer software took longer than originally planned. In his blog, he recognizes “naivety” of the original plans, as well as incorrect calculations.

The main miscalculation was founded in the early planning. According to the project, approved in 2003, it was decided to immediately use on client machines, Linux-distribution LiMux, which was planned to integrate into existing software environments in various IT-departments. Theoretically, and this could be possible but would lead to a rejection of unification of the existing hotchpotch of solutions used in the prior IT-infrastructure.

Previously, staff at about 1000 people kept a fleet of 15 thousand computers in twenty-one independent IT-center of Munich. There was no common approach in the management of users, a single database, or jointly developed the method of maintenance of hardware and software. Because of these and other reasons, have problems when migrating to a new Linux-client. In some institutions the process went smoothly, while others have stalled, since the ultimate technical structure made it difficult or even refuse to cooperate.

LiMux developers are faced with incorrectly implemented server protocols and actively used by proprietary applications that are not compatible with other solutions. “The lack of open standards to work together and linked to the prevalence of vendors interface was horrendous. As noted Shisl, such things become visible only when you try to become independent from a single vendor and cease to be “happy slave”.

Examples of proprietary “digital garbage” Shisl calls “classical dependency on ActiveX” in Internet Explorer and active use of Visual Basic macros in spreadsheets, Microsoft Office. This dependence was significantly reduced with ..

22 March 2010

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