Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Jan 2006 00:21 UTC, submitted by george
Linux "More than five years ago the launch of Microsoft Windows XP - and its considerably improved features and reliability compared with Windows 98 and 2000 - made a comprehensive desktop rollout a no-brainer for companies. The other options were all far from desirable. Now, as the world gears up for the launch of Windows Vista, the conclusion may not be so cut and dry. Certainly, Vista is set to be feature-packed and reliable, and many companies will move to the new platform as a matter of course. However, Linux has come a long way in five years, with the concerted effort of hobbyists around the world supplemented by the resources of tech heavyweights to push its desktop features to near-parity with Windows XP."
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RE[2]: Costs of switching
by Jezza on Tue 10th Jan 2006 08:49 UTC in reply to "RE: Costs of switching"
Jezza
Member since:
2005-10-13

This issue there is that it's ILLEGAL to just install the non-free w32 codecs. MS pay a lisence fee to the owners of mp3 and such. At home it's a non-issue, but in the business place, you're a much more lucrative prospect for a lawsuit.

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RE[3]: Costs of switching
by hal2k1 on Tue 10th Jan 2006 13:03 in reply to "RE[2]: Costs of switching"
hal2k1 Member since:
2005-11-11

"it's ILLEGAL to just install the non-free w32 codecs"

How can it be illegal for one person to download and install codecs but not for another person?

I'd LOVE to see any politician try to write a law that made such a thing illegal. That is like: "It is legal for Ford owners to buy petrol but not legal for Honda owners".

Won't fly. Never in a zillion years.

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