> Reinventing the wheel with in-house distributions was the major reason why Linux failed in German public administration.
To my knowledge here in Germany nobody "reinvented the wheel". A lot of errors have been made, but "reinvention" was not among the errors. "Failed" is not really correct, because e.g. in the foreign office the backlash towards MS was at least partly a political decision, when the political leadership changed from the Green party Fischer to "neo-liberal" Westerwelle. As for Munich: Isn't the change towards Linux still ongoing? Sorry, as a Prussian, I'm not well-informed about those Bavarians :~)