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Five big names that use Linux on the desktop

TechRepublic -It's not just Munich city council that uses Linux on the desktop. A number of household names have also opted for open source.

Munich city council's decision to move from Windows to Linux may be under scrutiny, but it's worth remembering it's not the only major organisation to have chosen open source for its desktops.

Linux-based desktop operating systems face barriers to widespread adoption and skepticism about their future prospects due to their limited use today.

Yet major users do exist, including companies such as Google and a small but growing number of government bodies.

Here are five of the highest-profile users of the Linux desktop worldwide.