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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Generic Machines in the IT
by darkcoder on Tue 27th Nov 2012 16:03 UTC
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Around the year 2000 I was in a company that while the computers where not 100% generic, they were some Dell desktops that were similar in specs and were close to generic as possible. The only proprietary thing they had was the case design in front, the Dell badge, and their Phoenix BIOS. Hardware side they're very generic. We used to run then on Win 98, and had an image made with PQDI to restore any broken system in a couple of mins.

In terms of software the problem is that many corporate environments are tied to MS due to many factors and still on this year most people can't even think on systems running anything else other than Windows or Mac OS.

A person mention the problem of MS Office having rendering issues with itself, the problem was (and maybe still is) that the document rendering depends on the output device (printer). If a person created a document while having a dot-matrix/inkjet back in the nineties, when getting the document to a machine with a laser, the document was reformatted and a couple of things went misplaced or out of margin.

Since these days most printers offer at least 600 dpi is far less common for that to happen.

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