Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 24th Nov 2012 17:52 UTC
Editorial Do you depend on your computer for your living? If so, I'm sure you've thought long and hard about which hardware and software to use. I'd like to explain why I use generic "white boxes" running open source software. These give me a platform I rely on for 100% availability. They also provide a low-cost solution with excellent security and privacy.
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by lucas_maximus on Sat 24th Nov 2012 21:24 UTC
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Another possibility is to keep Windows but replace Microsoft's proprietary development environment. Leave the ever-shifting sands of Microsoft's frameworks in favor of open source IDEs, programming languages, tools, and databases. Some companies score good savings while producing excellent apps with WAMP (Windows + Apache + MySQL + PHP/Perl/Python ).

What a load of rubbish (highlighed).

Sorry most Microsoft produced languages and APIs work in most cases from Windows 2000 to 8 with very little problems ... I still have VB6 apps that work perfectly well.

.NET has been solid since version 2 (.NET 1.1 still worked fine with Windows 7/2008 R2). SQL Server is backwards compatible to SQL 2000.

While there is nothing wrong with Open source stuff, why move your existing and working code for the sake of it?

Edited 2012-11-24 21:32 UTC

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