A rant on Dell and linux/ubuntu
matthew at acfr.usyd.edu.au
Mon Jun 1 16:45:52 CDT 2009
On 01/06/09 18:30, O. Sinclair wrote:
>> At my work, we are not allowed to order machines with no windows
>> license even if we have no intention of using it. The leasing company
>> has stipulated that all machines MUST have a windows license sticker on
>> them so they can see them end of lease with an OS on them. (And we have
>> a lot of desktop Linux users, Unix labs, etc)
> And that is what I call not acceptable - why should you be forced by
> anyone to buy a product you do not intend to use?
One of the departments even banned it's Unix admins from running Linux
desktops. They were 'directed' that they must do all 'business' using
the standard OS/tools.
The windows centric central IT management looked at the Unix using
departments and basically said 'wierdos, why can't you use the SOE like
normal people'. So saying 'why buy something we are not going to use'
got no sympathy what so ever.
Site licensing deals also hide the costs of MSOffice, so not using it
gets even more comments - why use OO when MSOffice is 'free'. ?
And our central IT was a big Unix site - in 4 years of changed
management they have managed to pretty well destroy the Unix/OSS core
and replace it with....
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