City of Redmond, WA Goes Open Source
In an unprecedented move, the city of Redmond, Washington has announced a plan to migrate all local government offices and public schools to Linux running OpenOffice.org. The city is also creating a program that will provide other incentives (tax advantages, discount plans, etc.) to local businesses that chose to follow the city’s lead in adopting Linux and other open source software. This will be one of the largest migrations to Linux on the desktop.
This move has ruffled a few feathers at Microsoft’s corporate headquarters in Redmond. One senior executive made the following statement, “I can’t believe that this happened in our own backyard! F***ing jerks. We are now evaluating a relocation of our corporate headquarters to Fargo, ND where we can finally get some respect.” A Fargo, ND government official who asked me not to use his name had only this to say, “we don’t want them!”
Happy April Fools Day!