Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 19th May 2006 20:14 UTC
Microsoft A senior Microsoft executive told a BBC documentary that people should use commercial software if they're looking for stability. "Some people want to use community-based software, and they get value out of sharing with other people in the community. Other people want the reliability and the dependability that comes from a commercial software model. And again, at the end of the day, you make the choice based on what has the highest value to you."
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My recent experience with MS software
by bannor99 on Sat 20th May 2006 01:22 UTC
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2005-09-15

For the last couple years, I've mostly stayed out of these debates because I was only exposed to either Windows or *nix is in an end user setting.

And pretty much all the Unix stuff was just me playing around on home-brew or older machines.

But, for the last few months, I've been doing contract corporate support for a BIG multinational. I'm not going to name names but, according to the July 25, 2005 Fortune 500 report, they are one of the top 15 companies GLOBALLY.
They are a largely MS network - except for specialized systems ( they have lots of Unix boxes and mainframes - which, sadly, I have no access to ) but the entire corporate environment is Microsoft - including 250+ ( that's the number of individual names in Active Directory but nearly 30 of them are clustered) Exchange Servers and 1100 application servers, most running Win2k but an increasing number of Win2k3 and approx 75,000 Desktops and Laptops.
All I can say is, that, if the staggering number of problems we encounter is any indication of the "stability" of commercial software, it's hardly surprising the level of interest in FOSS.

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