“The German government has confirmed that the German Foreign Office is to switch back to Windows desktop systems. The Foreign Office started migrating its servers to Linux in 2001 and since 2005 has also used open source software such as Firefox, Thunderbird and OpenOffice on its desktop systems. The government’s response to the SPD’s question states that, although open source has demonstrated its worth, particularly on servers, the cost of adapting and extending it, for example in writing printer and scanner drivers, and of training, have proved greater than anticipated. The extent to which the potential savings trumpeted in 2007 have proved realizable has, according to the government, been limited – though it declines to give any actual figures. Users have, it claims, also complained of missing functionality, a lack of usability and poor interoperability.”
But Linux and UNIX are very good for servers, the UNIX operating system grew up on UNIX mainframes, and is still around now as the FreeBSD release of UNIX is still around as well as OpenBSD and DragonflyBSD that both provide super secure operating systems for servers. I posted a comment on the Slashdot story, but it did not show up, so something is wrong there. Anyway, OpenBSD is the best choice for a server operating system, with only 2 remote security holes in the default installation in the history of the operating system, which is more than can be said for Windows. Sure I sound like a UNIX fanboy neckbeard, but I love UNIX and Linux and I will always use Linux and enjoy a stable and reliable desktop with no need for running Norton 360, AVG or MSE to keep out malware. You can make a lot of money writing an anti-malware program that could keep out the malicious software and viruses, but Microsoft should create a reliable operating system that does not have a lot of security holes and bugs that allow these afforementioned problems out, but this does not seem like it will happen.