Linux captures Germany. Hamburg abandons Windows and MS Office

Monday, 8 June, 2020 - 12:24

Hamburg officials will switch to Linux instead of Windows and will use their own Phoenix office suite instead of Office. This is done as part of the abandonment of Microsoft software products, and the authorities want to make Hamburg, which for years has been strongly tied to its software, “an image of digital sovereignty”. The authorities in Munich and a number of German federal states will take a similar step.

The authorities of the German city of Hamburg announced their readiness to abandon the use of Microsoft software development. To replace them, they, according to Der Standard, will choose open source software. The upcoming transition to open source software is dictated by the desire of the authorities to reduce their dependence on the proprietary products of the American corporation. The city’s authorities also wanted to make it “a model of digital sovereignty.”
Information about the planned transfer of Hamburg state computers was published in a coalition agreement between the Social Democratic Party of Germany and the Green Party (Die Grunen), which took leading positions in the city councils of Hamburg and Munich. The plan for switching to open source in Hamburg was designed until 2026, when the next election will take place, however, at the time of publication of the material, the document was not signed by both parties.