October 8, 2007
Does Euro Linux still have a pulse?
A common theme in the failed European projects is that government officials started off with big dreams about migrating thousands of PCs away from pricey, proprietary Windows to free and open source Linux, then walked away when they realized how complex it would be to navigate the dense thicket of competing Linux distributions and alternative open source application stacks. At the end of the day they chose to take refuge in the simplicity of the single-vendor solution, even at the price of selling their souls to Redmond. In other words, politicians made promises they couldn't keep and then decided to bail on said promises. This has been known to happen before, but it has nothing to do with Linux.