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Is Something Rotten in the State of Freiburg?

You win some, you lose some,” as the old saying goes, but rarely do the two occur nearly simultaneously. Sure enough, however, that’s just what happened to open source software in Germany recently: It was being celebrated in Munich even as it was dumped in Freiburg. “Linux brings over ?10 million savings for Munich” was one side of the story. The other side, however, was very different. “German city dumps OpenOffice, switches to Microsoft” was that tale in a heartbreaking nutshell, causing more than a few furrowed brows here in the Linux blogosphere.

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