Linked by David Adams on Sun 11th Jul 2010 19:43 UTC
Microsoft U.K. government staff suggested replacing Microsoft Corp. operating systems on computers with free alternatives in response to a call for ideas for Prime Minister David Cameron's cost-cutting drive.
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RE[2]: Until they need support
by Phloptical on Tue 13th Jul 2010 23:55 UTC in reply to "RE: Until they need support"
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You seem to think that the enterprise, as a whole, actually gives a rats arse about vendor lock in. Most of them actually WANT vendor lock in. In fact, lots of companies pay good money to make sure they are, in fact "locked in". For example, how many times have you heard people talk about "We're a VM Ware Shop" "We're a CISCO shop" "We're a Lotus/Domino shop" "We're an SAP Shop"? "We're a Solidworks shop" What do you think that is? Lock In.

My "fail logic"? lol Really? Give me a break. If you've ever worked in a corporate IT environment, you'd know that ideology has no place in it because those who sign paychecks and sit on Mahogany Row, #1 don't care, #2 think IT is a waste of resources, anyway (until something goes down) and #3 just want to read emails, surf the web, look at powerpoint presentations, and excel spreadsheets. They could care less that their IT directors are sticking it to the man, keeping it real, and giving a propietary software company the finger just for the sake of doing so. We have to daily remind our top brass why they can't run Outlook and have to deal with Lotus Notes everyday. Now we'd have to add, "What's this Ubuntu, why can't I have Windows on my laptop?" My entire department would be fired the same day if I give the chief-muckity-muck friggin Red Hat on his laptop, and expect him to use it.

A small global company like mine couldn't deal with the transition to Open Office. And believe me, if there's anyone in my organization who wants it to happen more, it's me. I would love to spend my time planning for a global transition to Open Office for the next 5 months, but the fallout would never end.

Anyway, the road to the Linux OS has to begin at home, and not in the workplace. Then you'll get your adoption.

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