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Microsoft Hit By U.S. DOT Ban On Windows Vista, Explorer...

by Owyn / March 5, 2007 12:49 AM PST

"Microsoft Hit By U.S. DOT Ban On Windows Vista, Explorer 7, and Office 2007

Citing concerns over cost and compatibility, the top technology official at the federal Department of Transportation has placed a moratorium on all in-house computer upgrades to Microsoft's new Windows Vista operating system, as well as Internet Explorer 7 and Office 2007, according to a memo obtained Friday by InformationWeek.

In a memo to his staff, the DOT's CIO Daniel Mintz says he has placed "an indefinite moratorium" on the upgrades as "there appears to be no compelling technical or business case for upgrading to these new Microsoft software products. Furthermore, there appears to be specific reasons not to upgrade." "

Hmmm. Maybe time to look at some other options.

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Funnier if you read the headline wrong
by gogomama / March 5, 2007 4:14 AM PST

When I read your subject I thought you meant I ban on dots. You know, these guys --> ....

I thought it was an onion article saying there was a ban on dots, so no more .com, no .org, no dot anything.

My version is way funnier, if less informative. Happy

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not surprising...
by benanzo / March 5, 2007 4:29 AM PST

This really is the beginning of a major reevaluation by enterprise consumers as to where they want their IT business to be going in the next 5-10 years. This is by no means an exodus...yet. What we're seeing with the release of Vista is businesses seizing the opportunity to *consider* other options for the future. I think that at this point, however, Mac is out of the question. The reason being that most large enterprise organizations as well as large government bodies (in this case the DOT) simply cannot afford to purchase thousands and thousands of new machines (which are grossly overpriced in relation to their needs.) Ultimately most of the organizations considering migration will consider Linux. Ubuntu will not be their first choice. They will move to either Novell SuSe Linux Enterprise or Red Hat Enterprise.

The reasons:

1) They are American companies. The DOT would not in good favor invest in a foreign company's services over a similarly competitive service from a domestic provider.

2) Canonical does not offer the degree of support for Ubuntu Linux that Novell and Red Hat do for their products. Red Hat is pretty much the gold standard in enterprise Linux. I would expect any migration to be in their direction.

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Probably agree re. enterprise...
by Owyn / March 5, 2007 5:32 AM PST
In reply to: not surprising...

RH and Novell have much better enterprise offerings today. Also enterprise customers are not restricted in licensing the way consumers are. Corporate volume licenses will let new Win XP / Office 2003 seats be installed effectively indefinitely.

However, consumer and SOHO options will be much broader. Linux options such as Ubuntu, PCLinuxOs, or Vector Linux with a small dash of Wine or Vmware, or, Mac + Parallels / WinXp are providing real options today.

True cross platform application, possibly via WebWare, will provide the final ingredient needed to remove Microsoft software from the equation.

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