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Munich City Council has chosen Ubuntu-based Lubuntu over other distros as the 'replacement of Windows XP' for the citizens of the city.   
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Monday, June 24, 2013 Munich City Council is all set to make Linux-based operating system a norm for its citizens. Earlier we had reported on how the city saved over 10 million Euros or $12.8 million by employing Linux and open source software instead of using Windows with Microsoft Office and Windows with OpenOffice. And now, the city is all ready to take the next step. The German city is now eyeing to wean its citizens off Windows XP with free Linux CDs. Munich City Council has plans to distribute thousands of free Linux CDs to the citizens in spring of next year.

Munich City Council has chosen Ubuntu over other distros as the 'replacement of Windows XP' for the citizens of the city. Microsoft has recently decided to officially end support of the 11-year old operating system in April next year. This is where the government saw the opportunity of introducing their people to the world of free and open source software.

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The government is also looking to 'prevent electronic waste', which will come from the discarded computers. This alternative OS can make that hardware worth servicing as it would not be compatible with either Windows 7 or Windows 8. According to an estimate, as many as 20 million German PC users are still running Windows XP.

The government has chosen Lubuntu, which is lightweight and a familiar variant of Ubuntu. Lubuntu is good to support low-end hardware, which makes it a popular choice for the government. A recent proposal submitted by the council, which has been tentatively accepted, reveals that around 2000 Lubuntu CDs will be handed out at various special events to the citizens during the early part of next year.

These events will focus on educating Windows XP users on the options available once the support for the software officially ends. Lubuntu will be offered as a choice to all those who who are not looking for upgrading their machines. The government has cited two reasons for recommending Ubuntu-spin Lubuntu.

First and foremost, the layout of this Linux-based desktop resembles a lot to Windows XP. Officials believe that it will not require 'special computer skills' for users to operate. Also, Lubuntu needs lower hardware requirements as compared to the other Linux distributions, including the regular Unity-toting Ubuntu. Lubuntu can comfortably run on as little as 256MB of RAM.

It is worth mentioning here that Munich City has displayed its progressive thinking several times and is not a stranger to the concept of 'progressive IT’. In 2003, the city administration had instigated a migration from Windows XP to a custom Linux distribution called Limux2 on around 13,000 local government PCs and laptops. The recent release of Limux is based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.

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