Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Dec 2006 15:24 UTC
Windows Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols has written article in which he wonders if your operating system isn't broke, why 'fix' it? If what you're running now works for you, why should you move 'up' to Vista? Joe Wilcox responds to SJVN: "Colleague Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols asks 'If your operating system isn't broke, why 'fix' it?' The very question is the problem. The question reflects a sentiment I hear too often as an excuse for keeping old technologies in place - long after their real usefulness is gone."
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RE[3]: No choice
by pepa on Fri 15th Dec 2006 21:42 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: No choice"
pepa
Member since:
2005-07-08

If that's really true (but I doubt it) they could save a HUGE amount of money by switching those over to Linux.

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RE[4]: No choice
by PlatformAgnostic on Sat 16th Dec 2006 20:21 in reply to "RE[3]: No choice"
PlatformAgnostic Member since:
2006-01-02

If they're running Win2K in a closed environment without really upgrading it or changing it, how are they spending any money? Once you've bought an MS OS, you don't have to keep paying. Switching has a cost... staying doesn't. Maybe they would have saved back then, but linux has progressed a lot in the past 3 or 4 years, so the choice wasn't clear in linux's favor when the machines were commissioned.

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RE[5]: No choice
by hal2k1 on Sun 17th Dec 2006 00:24 in reply to "RE[4]: No choice"
hal2k1 Member since:
2005-11-11

//If they're running Win2K in a closed environment without really upgrading it or changing it, how are they spending any money?//

You can't run Win2K in an expanding environment.

If you need to add machines to your network, they can't be Win2K machines, and you are forced to pay an upgrade cost. What is worse, it will be an upgrade cost for all of your machines, because you probably can't have just a few at the new standard and the rest left at the old.

If you are going to have to switch anyway to expand your network, then you are far, far better off switching to a complete Linux solution than going with XP, and immeasurably better off with a Linux solution than going with Vista.

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