Linked by David Adams on Sun 11th Jul 2010 19:43 UTC
Microsoft U.K. government staff suggested replacing Microsoft Corp. operating systems on computers with free alternatives in response to a call for ideas for Prime Minister David Cameron's cost-cutting drive.
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RE: Bad Aftertaste
by kaiwai on Sun 11th Jul 2010 21:40 UTC in reply to "Bad Aftertaste"
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The interesting part is how they'll deal with the internally written applications, especially those quick and dirty solutions many of the ministries would have deployed and use VB/C# and other horrid solutions. I wonder, however, these will be addressed - will they re-write them to web based applications? licence Mainsoft's software to smooth the transition? the transition away from Windows is more complex than just a replacement for Windows plus a few other bits and bobs - its those little bits here and there that'll really cause problems. Big application suites are pretty easy to replace, it is the small internally written applications and macros that are the pain the ass.

Also another thing that needs to be understood is jumping into the Linux world isn't something you can do half-way; if you jump in you have to jump all the way and for the long term. Transitions from one platform to another cannot be taken lightly and will require re-training, re-writing, forming new relationships with new vendors (both software and hardware). I hope that when these ministries do opt to change their platform at they realise it isn't short term, it cannot happen over night and to look beyond the initial investment at the long term benefits of such a platform change.

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