Re: Desktop Linux? Where is it hiding? Is this group a joke or something?
From: Roy Culley (rgc_at_nodomain.none)
Date: Sun, 29 May 2005 17:23:51 +0200
Christopher Browne <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Clinging to sanity, email@example.com (Roy Culley) mumbled into her beard:
>> begin risky.vbs
>> Linønut <linønut@bone.com> writes:
>>> firstname.lastname@example.org poked his little head through the XP firewall and said:
>>>> Your co-workers use these computers daily and never noticed that you
>>>> changed the entire OS and the apps they depend on (Word & Excel). I
>>>> suspect that you work with a bunch of retards.
>>> I suspect many users wouldn't really notice swapping Word and Excel
>>> with Write and Calc.
>> Me thinks they would notice. What they would probably say is this new
>> version of Word and Excel is a bit different.
>> At the previous company I worked for every employee had to attend a
>> one day course when they 'upgraded' from W95 to NT4 as the company
>> desktop. Over 20,000 employees. They could probalby do the same to
>> migrate to Linux and OSS in half a day.
> I doubt it's _quite_ that simple, though it has got to be a scary
> thing for Microsoft that eventually they have to release a version of
> Office materially different from what they have now.
What I omitted to say was that the company had a group of people
working for about a year preparing the move to the NT4 desktop.
Creating templates for word, excel, etc. Migrating existing
documents. New PC's for everyone. It was a massive investment. I have
no doubt that a similar migration to Linux and OSS today could be
achieved for far less.
>> At the end of the day it will come down to TCO. Windows is on a
>> hiding to nothing. Companies that stay with MS and all its inherent
>> costs due to its bad design will be at a huge disadvantage.
> The other majorly "scary" part for Microsoft has got to be that the
> cost of their software is becoming a more and more dominant portion of
> the cost of deploying computer systems.
> Hardware is getting cheaper, but the "Microsoft stuff" that is run on
> top of it is getting _more_ expensive, not less.
> This makes Microsoft and computer hardware vendors into adversaries,
> particularly as the hardware folk watch their share of the price of
> systems simply get given to Microsoft.
When you consider MS earn about 80% on Windows and Office sales it is
clear everyone is being ripped off. The OEM's make a tiny amount on
each PC sale. When one major OEM seriously offers and supports Linux
the others will be forced to follow if they want to survive. It will
be driven by business and goverment organisations who are tired of
paying the MS tax for slopware. The home user will follow after that.
It is hapening already and will only increase.