The City of Munich has selected two local German software companies to equip all 14,000 computers in its public administration with Linux and other open source office applications.

Softcon and Gonicus, which submitted a joint bid, were selected to install open source software provided through the Debian GNU/Linux project. The two companies will also provide a range of applications designed specifically for the city administration. Financial details of the deal were not available.

The high participation in the public tender to supply software and support for Munich's LiMux open software project showed that Linux on the desktop is no "exotic solution," Peter Hofmann, LiMux project manager at Munich City's Data Processing Center, said in a statement.

Hofmann could not be immediately reached to comment on the other companies that submitted a bid.

Suse Linux, a unit of Novell, and IBM worked closely with city government officials on their decision to use Linux, reached in 2003.

The city aims to complete the migration project by the end of 2008.