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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: 2) by archfeld on Friday June 30 2017, @09:29PM (2 children)

    by archfeld (4650) <> on Friday June 30 2017, @09:29PM (#533707) Journal

    As JMorris pointed out some states just require you to not sell to minors, other states require you to check for ID. The cost of a liquor license in some places is such that it is foolish to do anything but blanket check everyone. I've worked the door at many a bar or live show and some owners mandate a check of everyone, and I just apologize to the greybeards and remind them of the 'old' days when they were young enough to warrant such a check. Besides if flashing your ID is such a hassle perhaps you should just stay home anyways.

    More on topic I see no reason to NOT use a M$ desktop if you want to, though why most people would is beyond me, but using anything but a *nix firewall seems tremendously stupid to me.

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  • (Score: 2) by mcgrew on Saturday July 01 2017, @03:35PM (1 child)

    by mcgrew (701) <> on Saturday July 01 2017, @03:35PM (#533922) Homepage Journal

    No, I simply stay away from stores like WalMart and County Market that are dumb enough to be disrespectful to their paying customers. If it were the law in Illinois I'd be writing nasty letters to my elected reps.

    • (Score: 2) by archfeld on Monday July 03 2017, @06:41PM

      by archfeld (4650) <> on Monday July 03 2017, @06:41PM (#534533) Journal

      Here in AZ you are required to check ID for tobacco sales but not for alcohol. Stupid I know but that is the law and no matter how many nasty letters you write to your reps it is a moot point if they can't read.

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