Linked by David Adams on Tue 8th Jul 2008 04:09 UTC, submitted by Caffeine Deprived
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y This article takes a look at the issues involved with ditching Windows for Linux. It's not the most in-depth piece, but it provides a handy introduction of the 'how's and 'why's of shifting.
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I'm not so confident anymore
by Budd on Tue 8th Jul 2008 07:07 UTC
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We are running fancy Excel macros (which probably can be replaced by something smarter if tha boss have enough guts) and using Outlook like it is the real OS here. Word can be replaced easily here,same for PowerPoint but Excel,that's another story.But the most probable cause we will not move to a Linux based OS is the fact that we are developing some (read many) products with MS itself. Customers (the vast majority) run XP thus ... no penguin for us. I couldn't even convince my boss to replace my laptop with a MacBook Pro running XP via Parallels or BootCamp even if the laptops that we buy are more expensive (including guarantee and support) than a MBP.

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Outlook, Excel and Powerpoint are the lock-in technologies here also along with some webapps that will only work with IE6 (yup, IE versions break "standards" within MS own products).

I keep trying to replicate what I do in Excel through OOo in hopes that it has better memory management. Excel crashes a few times a week under regular operating condisions. I'd love to know what part of the "update calculations" button unchecks "display gride" and flips the worksheet over to "display formula instead of values" because that little gem happens frequently. I also like the little gem where Excel decides every cell is a seporate page then tells me the print area is outside the paper range. That one only requires shutting down all of the Excel windows so it can blow out it's leaked memory and start the timebomb over.

So far, the fancy formula force the use of Excel even thow it breaks constantly. My less complicated worksheets for home are all edited through OOo now though I still save them as .xls so Excel can open them still too.

Outlook can be worked around by using the browser interface for Exchange but It's only going to work flawlessly (as best it can anyhow) with IE so that retains the limitation on consumer decision.

If you replace your Exchange box then you have lots to choose from. eGroupware is going in at home and I've a business client who keeps asking about it so we may be putting in an eGroupware box for that small office.

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