WOW. . .those screenshots of 3.1Alpha are fantastic
cr at orcon.net.nz
Sun Jul 14 09:50:43 BST 2002
On Sunday 14 July 2002 18:14, James Richard Tyrer wrote:
> cr wrote:
> > What will get big companies to consider chucking M$ is M$'s greed, I
> > think. Nothing else. If the bean counters start screaming about what
> > upgrades are costing then the IT guys may have to look for alternatives.
> > Nobody in big companies *ever* considers the poor sods who actually
> > have to use the stuff.
> It will help if we have a superior product.
> Fact: They can also chuck M$ and switch to Solaris but very few have.
> FYI, there is not license fee for Solaris 8 on single CPU i386 systems.
I quite agree about the 'superior product'.
However, where I work (which is all M$ dominated), the IT people don't even
know that Linux can run a windows-like GUI, never mind knowing what Gnome or
KDE are. They don't know that Linux apps can handle MSWord format docs, or
PDF files, or JPG's, or HTML, or....
They *are* considering trying Linux on a fileserver as an alternative to Win
NT, presumably for cost reasons.
So if they ever look at Linux + Xfree86, it will help enormously if KDE is a
superior product, yes, but right now it doesn't make any difference how good
KDE is because they just ain't looking anywhere other than their nearest M$
I'd say the most important factor, if they do ever look, will be to have a
distribution that comes complete with all necessary apps, with a
straightforward install procedure. Fortunately from my own recent
experience, RedHat seems to have reached that stage and probably
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