Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Feb 2006 18:07 UTC, submitted by Peter Parker
Microsoft "Microsoft may not make flawless software, but its proprietary strategy is hard to fault. In particular, Microsoft has mastered desktop lock-in, undermining users' confidence in any alternatives and creating a slew of minor difficulties that irritate those who do switch. Two themes dominate the stories I hear about the tribulations of using and adopting non-Microsoft business desktops: the difficulty in finding compatible hardware and the stranglehold Microsoft Word has on users. In the last week, IT pros have shared their experiences with these two adoption inhibitors. They're representative of other stories I've heard."
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Problems with the article
by historyb on Thu 9th Feb 2006 19:02 UTC
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The biggest problem I see at least toward the end of the article is that Mr. Canfield use generalized statements about Linux instead of getting to a specific distro.

Linux on the laptop won't recognize the built-in touchpad. Also, the laptop's Linux can't detect wired versus battery power. Finally, there's not a Linux driver for the PC's built-in modem.

It would have been nice if he specified the distro, not just MS sabotages Linux professional do to by being to generic in their speech. For instances I have used Mepis and it recognized the touch pad perfectly, no problem with wired v. battery either. The win-modems are a different story.

I don't see win-modems being a factor for long as DSL in some cases cost less then dial-up.

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