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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RE[2]: I couldn't agree more
by telns on Mon 26th Nov 2012 18:12 UTC in reply to "RE: I couldn't agree more"
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Windows Vista/7 and 8 can also deal with that. I have had the same Windows installation cross motherboard hardware ... the only common denominator was the processor was intel.

I've done this often.

One Windows 2K3 array I've moved hardware three times without a hitch. My current desktop switched pretty much everything, including processor mfg, when I cloned it over to the new one. It worked fine, from big stuff all the way down to the color calibration of my monitors.

I think it is a bit of a myth that Windows can't deal with this. From Windows 2000 on, it seems pretty solid. I never tried it on desktops back in 3.x - 9x days, so I can't comment. Maybe it didn't work back then. I did move NT4 around few times, and it worked OK, but I did not do that often.

Edited 2012-11-26 18:13 UTC

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