Birmingham kills desktop Linux project citing runaway expenses

The City Council of Birmingham England terminated a desktop Linux project that was originally planned for 1500 desktop computers in libraries across the city. The reason given for the termination was the high cost of deploying and maintaining Linux. Open source advocates criticized the decision that Birmingham had botched the deployment while Microsoft maintained that it was cheaper to manage Windows.

The City Council of Birmingham England terminated a desktop Linux project that was originally planned for 1500 desktop computers in libraries across the city.  The reason given for the termination was the high cost of deploying and maintaining Linux.  Open source advocates criticized the decision that Birmingham had botched the deployment while Microsoft maintained that it was cheaper to manage Windows.

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