CeBIT Open Source Project Lounge -- LiMux

LiMux - the Open Source Client of the City of Munich


LiMux is among the 15 projects that will present their work at CeBIT, the famous government client project of the City of Munich.

The penguin and the crest of the City of Munich go well together.

In a nutshell: Describe your project in a few words:

Within the frame of the LiMux project the federal state capital Munich is strengthening the free software presence on its 14,000 PCs. Associated challenges are integrating Linux clients, the availability of specialized applications and the changeover to

When did the project begin?

The project has existed since 2003.

How many active members does the project have?

The project has 20 permanent employees of the municipal government.

How did the project come about?

Because of Microsoft's continued refusal to support our deployed software the Munich city council had to consider alternatives. The following strategic goals supported the decision to go with free software:

  • Greater independence within software providers, consultants, platforms and timelines.
  • Better opportunities for small-to-medium enterprises, thus more competition in the software market.
  • Better cost controls.

What would make a CeBIT visitor interested in your booth?

To exchange experiences in open standards and free software with Germany's largest local government.

Who do you make your software for?

Our own developed forms and mailbox system "WollMux" is an extension that has been available since 2008 under a free license.

Where do you see your biggest current challenge?

After the changeover to and the Open Document Format (ODF) was established as the internal standard, the project is concentrating on the overall rollout of the Linux-based office environment. In particular we need to master the integration of various specialized procedures.

Under which license is the software currently offered?

WollMux is under the European Union Public License (EUPL).

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