Like other governments worldwide, the council of the small German city of Schwabisch Hall decided to ditch Microsoft software in favor of open source,
back in late 2002. On Wednesday, Horst Brauner, the civil servant responsible for implementing the migration, revealed the tactics used to cure
Schwabisch Hall council workers of their reluctance to make the switch to desktop Linux.
Speaking at the Open Source for Local Government conference in London, Brauner explained that some users were afraid the deployment of Linux was part
of a secret plan to read everyone's e-mail, record all their keystrokes and monitor their surfing habits.