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posted by martyb on Friday June 30 2017, @10:11AM   Printer-friendly
from the thank-you-captain-obvious dept.

Bryan Lunduke at Network World calls out what other mainstream media have been too timid, or bought out, to call out. He starts by pointing out that choosing Microsoft Windows for your organization should get you fired and that if you haven't already replaced Windows, across the board, you absolutely stink at your job.

There. Finally the topic is broached in mainstream media and a proper discussion can now start among decision makers who can arrange complete migrations to GNU/Linux, Chrome/Linux, one of the BSDs, or a combination of them.

As Microsoft security problems continue to escalate since even the pre-networked, MS-DOS days, managers and front-line grunts will find themselves increasingly culpable for selecting unviable software, such as Microsoft Windows. If they wish to pay big bucks for maintenance, there are plenty of companies around to participate in the money. Canonical, Red Hat, M:Tier are just a sampling.

[Ed. Note: I debated whether or not to run this story — in some respects it's just the Windows vs *nix argument all over again. Also, there are proprietary programs which are critical for certain industries which currently only run on Windows. On the other hand, gaining a mention like this in the more mainstream media, does that mean we are approaching an inflection point? Witness the increased displeasure with Windows 10's telemetry and the difficulty in completely blocking it. What programs do you use that are only available on Windows? What keeps you from moving to another OS? --martyb]


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  • (Score: 1, Disagree) by Runaway1956 on Friday June 30 2017, @02:28PM (9 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Friday June 30 2017, @02:28PM (#533456) Journal

    So - you saved to the wrong format. Don't blame that on Libreoffice. I guess it's not terribly dumb to save to the wrong format a time or two. Hell, I've done it. But, if you're smart enough to post here, you're smart enough to master the learning curve. Next time, save to a format that you're sure everyone can read. PDF works good.

    https://ask.libreoffice.org/en/question/28031/what-formats-does-the-libre-office-41-support/ [libreoffice.org]

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  • (Score: 1) by insanumingenium on Friday June 30 2017, @03:35PM (8 children)

    by insanumingenium (4824) on Friday June 30 2017, @03:35PM (#533497) Journal

    You trollin?

    PDF is a display format, the answer to file format compatibility isn't to use a display format.

    Seriously, do you also recommend that people should only do crosswords in ink because the ink is easier to read than pencil?

    • (Score: 1, Troll) by Runaway1956 on Friday June 30 2017, @03:45PM

      by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Friday June 30 2017, @03:45PM (#533504) Journal

      Just tossed PDF out there to see who was paying attention, really.

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    • (Score: 2) by tangomargarine on Friday June 30 2017, @07:14PM (2 children)

      by tangomargarine (667) on Friday June 30 2017, @07:14PM (#533630)

      Do these people need the ability to edit the file? If not, nothing is wrong with PDF.

      Otherwise saving to old-school .xls instead of .xlsx probably would've worked fine as long as you aren't using any of the new whiz-bang shiny features that I seriously doubt would be necessary for a table of straight-up numbers. Hell, MS Office even claims to support .ods these days, although I haven't tried that.

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      • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Friday June 30 2017, @09:58PM (1 child)

        Do these people need the ability to edit the file? If not, nothing is wrong with PDF.

        There is always something wrong with PDF. Any document I cannot edit and control the layout of pisses me off.

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        • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 30 2017, @10:33PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 30 2017, @10:33PM (#533742)

          > Any document I cannot edit and control the layout of pisses me off.

          It's just for people like you that we deliver our engineering reports in pdf format! If you want the report to look different or say something else, go do the work and write your own damn report, don't mess with what we wrote.

    • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 30 2017, @07:31PM (3 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 30 2017, @07:31PM (#533638)

      I have never understood the need to use an editable format to distribute documents to be read.

      In fact, it seems counterintuitive.

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      • (Score: 3, Insightful) by The Mighty Buzzard on Friday June 30 2017, @10:00PM (2 children)

        I knew you had some sick views but this one takes the cake. Now especially, you have no clue what screen size, resolution, or glasses prescription the person reading your document is using. Making a one-size-fits-none document is an epic dick move.

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        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 01 2017, @02:17AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 01 2017, @02:17AM (#533797)

          Reader gives you plenty of accessibility options.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 01 2017, @03:26AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 01 2017, @03:26AM (#533809)

          Ever hear of HTML?
          I can't think of of a device/OS that doesn't come with an app that will render that stuff.
          Make the window as narrow as you want and it will adjust the presentation.

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