October 29, 2004
Not So Fast, Linux
Anticipation built for weeks beforehand. The city government of Paris, with 17,000 desktop PCs and hundreds of servers, was mulling a technology shift that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago: retiring Microsoft Corp. (MSFT ) Windows software from every one of its machines and converting them to the Linux operating system. So when the results of a feasibility study were finally announced on Oct. 13, the recommendation to stick with Windows provoked shock and dismay among Linux fans. "I'm totally bummed," wrote one French blogger.