SCHWÄBISCH HALL, A community of 36,000 in southern Germany, plans to build its entire IT infrastructure on the open source Linux operating system, replacing Windows from Microsoft Corp.

The local government has decided to deploy Linux software supplied by SuSE Linux on servers from IBM and up to 400 PCs, SuSE Linux said Tuesday in a statement. The government is targeting an initial cost savings of more than $102,300, according to the sta