“Systems integrator Unilog is set to carry out a feasibility study on the installation of open-source software systems for the city of Paris, the company has said. On the strength of an earlier Unilog study, Munich agreed to migrate thousands of desktops from Windows to the open-source operating system Linux,” Christophe Guillemin and Matthew Broersma report for CNET News.com.
Guillemin and Broersma report, “The three-month study will review the 17,000 PCs used by the French capital’s administration, including 400 servers and 600 applications, and it was awarded to Unilog as a direct result of the Munich study, the company said. In May of last year, Munich decided to equip 14,000 workstations with SuSE Linux-based systems, a move seen as a significant win for the open-source camp. Linux is highly popular on servers, but does not yet challenge Microsoft’s dominance of the desktop.”
“‘Unilog has proven that its recommendations took into account the technological, economic, qualitative and strategic priorities of the customer,’ Unilog said. ‘As an independent company, Unilog can guarantee a completely neutral evaluation,'” Guillemin and Broersma report.
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MacDailyNews Take: A look at Unilog’s website shows pretty clearly that Mac OS X, Apple Xserve, iMacs, eMacs, iBooks, PowerBooks and Mac OS X Server and other Apple solutions are not being considered. Emails to Unilog has so far gone unanswered. Why not consider Apple? Let’s see where Apple fits in with Unilog looking carefully at TCO, longetivity, Mac OS X, IT support, etc. If it’s too expensive, so be it. We’d bet Unilog, Paris, Munich and the world would be quite surprised if Apple were included in Unilog’s “comprehensive” evaluation.