Back in August, a German court ruled that there is no right of first sale when it comes to software licenses. In other words, a company that bought software from a certain vendor can't turn around and sell it after they no longer need it. This is obviously in the interest of software companies, though it's seemingly at odds with the idea that software should be thought of as tangible property. So, either that ruling isn't being enforced, or the government is free to ignore it as the city of Munich has recently purchased some used licenses of Windows 2000, presumably to the chagrin of Microsoft, which would like organizations to be buying hot out of the oven Vista licenses. Microsoft has ceased supporting Windows 2000 in an effort to prompt upgrades, but this creates an opportunity for third party support for companies that see little reason to make the switch. Going against the law is just one odd thing about the purchase. Recall that Munich has garnered a lot of attention over its decision to ditch Windows and go completely with Linux. That process has been plagued by delays, and claims that the project is failing. It seems that the city is still moving ahead, but it's clear that ditching Windows cold turkey isn't an easy task.
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