Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 11th Nov 2005 19:42 UTC
Windows There is no compelling reason to rush into upgrading to the next version of Windows, says Gartner.
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Win2k viable until at least 2010
by Quietleaf on Fri 11th Nov 2005 21:13 UTC in reply to "RE"
Quietleaf
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2005-11-11

Hear, hear. Windows 2000 will continue to receive security patches until at least 2010, which is what companies using it really need. If they're still using 2000, it's because it already fulfills their needs, and doesn't suffer from the draconian licensing language that came with XP (forced upgrades, and all that, though that might have changed since). The desire to stick to the old licensing language is one reason why many of the largest companies stuck with 2000 for so long, and as long as it's guaranteed to be secure until 2010 there is no compelling reson to go through the pain, chaos, and cost of upgrading their installed base. Skinning is nice, but companies don't need a skinnable OS to keep their businesses running, and if a user really wants it, WindowBlinds does a pretty good job of skinning 2k.

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Tom K Member since:
2005-07-06

So uhh ... what "draconian" language is that? You sound like you're informed about the issue -- care to compare and contrast the licenses?

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Quietleaf Member since:
2005-11-11

I cite the following article:

http://news.com.com/2100-1001-919097.html

It was a well-known controversy when Software Assurance was introduced.

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