Re: Hell just froze over
You do know that Microsoft contributes to the FreeBSD kernel and is a gold sponsor of OpenBSD, right?
5 posts • joined 19 Aug 2014
It's not about taxing the revenue. The Gewerbesteuer goes directly to the community where a company is located. This is also the reason why many companies set up their business in some small village, because they get a discounted Gewerbesteuer rate. So the Gewerbesteuer rate in Munich will presumably be higher than what Microsoft paid in Oberschleißheim. It's somewhere in the "1 digit million range", so you may decide if that could make a difference to Munich's decision concerning LiMux (or Microsoft's move to Munich, anyway).
Although the new mayors seem to make a big deal about that migration back to MS, they are not the ones who make the decision. It's up to the city council, the "Stadtrat", where several people are of the opinion that any thoughts about migrating back to Microsoft is out of the question. Otto Seidl, IT expert of the CSU party (that is, Josef Schmid's party), is still convinced that Limux was the right direction to take, any thoughts about migrating back to MS must take into account the enormous cost. Also he thinks that what Schmid thinks is just the "opinion of an attorney who doesn't know much about IT".
The same goes for Florian Schmid, another member of the city council and the Green party, who said that it came into fashion to blame all shortcomings of the public administration on the Linux IT infrastructure.
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