Using Windows over Linux isn't lagging behind. They are alternatives to each other.
What's most interesting is that it appears to be an economic decision, not a technology one. It also required tens of thousands of (pro-bono) man hours by IBM and Novell to convince the city to make the switch.
That's one hell of a sales pitch.
I'm curious about the cost once the city finds out that they'll be dealing with possible incompatible formats between themselves and the rest of the business world. And the support costs.
Credit to Receptional for pointing this out last week: [webmasterworld.com...]