A rant on Dell and linux/ubuntu

ed horned0wl93 at gmail.com
Mon Jun 1 22:40:00 CDT 2009



Matthieu Bertin wrote:
> hum sorry for sending an unfinished email :/
> I'd love to hear the names of the companies, just to make sure i'll 
> never ever work for them when i'll get my diploma.
Valero Energy, NewStar Energy, to name two...
>
> On Mon, Jun 1, 2009 at 11:48 PM, Matthieu Bertin <bertinm at esiee.fr 
> <mailto:bertinm at esiee.fr>> wrote:
>
>     i'd looove to hea
>
>     On Mon, Jun 1, 2009 at 11:45 PM, Matthew Geier
>     <matthew at acfr.usyd.edu.au <mailto:matthew at acfr.usyd.edu.au>> wrote:
>
>         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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