Neoseeker : News : IBM will not use Windows Vista - but will move to Linux desktops
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tomk Mar 6, 06
A great move on IBM's part -- now they'll only fall deeper into the hole of insignificance. The last time that I think IBM's desktop business mattered was ... oh, the mid 90's.

Windows is a reality of the corporate environment. You can't run a business easily and cost-effectively on Linux when the rest of your collaborative world uses Windows.
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Guest Mar 7, 06
"Windows is a reality of the corporate environment. You can't run a business easily and cost-effectively on Linux when the rest of your collaborative world uses Windows."
You're right there Tomchu, but what if Windows ceases to be a reality? Back in the 80's *NIX was *the* reality in any corporate environment. Who would've thought that everyone would have a computer at home then? As I see it, this is just a small step towards a new revolution in software use. Once the enterprise/corporate world takes notice that you can use a Linux desktop system and not die trying, more and more will dare to take the step, and live happily ever after.
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Guest Mar 7, 06
>You can't run a business easily and >cost-effectively on Linux when the rest of >your collaborative world uses Windows.

Thats what MS want us to believe - but you're so wrong Buddy. IBM has just been waiting to get Workplace fully deployed to finish getting rid of Windows. IBM already has over 15,000 Linux desktops deployed. That just shows that a large corporation can work effectively with a mix of desktop OS's in place. But now on to 100% Linux. Bye bye .doc and on to .odt,. IBM will never use XAML. This is the beginning of the end of MS as we know it. The arrogant illegal monopolist will just have to become an ordinary company amongst many others.
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Guest Mar 7, 06
>You can't run a business easily and >cost-effectively on Linux when the rest of >your collaborative world uses Windows.

Our company has been doing it for the last two years. Collaboration implies open standards.
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Guest Mar 7, 06
Well, IMHO, from the typical University in Southern Germany, may be in Bavaria... really doesn´t matter... Haven´t seen ANY Linux desktop duriong last 8 years here, only WindowsXP and some Mac´s (there is some scientific equipment which comes only with Mac´s), have NEVER seen any IBM machine in ANY University... here in ´MediaMark´ - no IBM´s... yes, found one old IBM typewriter... picked it up... nice for kitchen, to make my shopping list! That´s the scale of IBM desktops in Germany.
Just for your information: at typical German University, around 90% of Windows computers are without the licence.
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Guest Mar 7, 06
Well, IMHO, from the typical University in Southern Germany, may be in Bavaria... really doesn´t matter... Haven´t seen ANY Linux desktop duriong last 8 years here, only WindowsXP and some Mac´s (there is some scientific equipment which comes only with Mac´s), have NEVER seen any IBM machine in ANY University... here in ´MediaMark´ - no IBM´s... yes, found one old IBM typewriter... picked it up... nice for kitchen, to make my shopping list! That´s the scale of IBM desktops in Germany.
Just for your information: at typical German University, around 90% of Windows computers are without the licence.
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Guest Mar 7, 06
I could have sworn that I read two years ago that IBM was switching to Linux desktops.
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tomk Mar 7, 06
If switching your business was as slick and cost-effective as Linux advocates would have you think, then half of the businesses that employ computers would be running Linux.

That isn't the case. Wild guess as to why? What if Susie Secretary wants to plug her Pocket PC in and sync it up with her desktop machine?

It has to Just Work, and it doesn't.

Besides, IBM has been talking about moving over to Linux for years now, as have other companies. I don't see much being done about it.
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Guest Mar 7, 06
IBM has over 300,000 employees. Moving them all to Linux would take years.
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Guest Mar 7, 06
"That isn't the case. Wild guess as to why? What if Susie Secretary wants to plug her Pocket PC in and sync it up with her desktop machine?"
My wife had a pocket PC which she kept her checkbook in Money on and interfaced with Money on her PC... until Money ate her records on bothe the PC and the PDA. It don't "just work" on Windows either.
I mean, what a specious arguent; Microsoft keeps on moving the target so as to be incompatible with everybody else and tha't a goo thing. Please!
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Guest Mar 7, 06
Actually my secretary does use Linux on the desktop ... and she does just synchronise calendars ... and it does hook-up and just work.
I wonder when tomchu last looked at Linux?
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Guest Mar 7, 06
Shhh... quit telling everybody about how good Linux is... it's supposed to be a secret... we don't want Bill Gates or tomchu to find out until everyone else has already converted.
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Guest Mar 7, 06
Heard this 100's of times before. Company XYZ switching to Linux. Years later, they still run Windows.
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Guest Mar 7, 06
There are a bunch of you who need to learn how to read. It's not about them switching the OS of the desktops they sell, but the desktops they use. You might recall they sold their entire pc manufacturing wing to Lenovo.

Welcome to last year.
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