Microsoft "Monoculture"

McPhoto

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Ron -
Good article (guess I'm "Geeky") I wonder how many "Grumblers" use Linux OS in their business?

I hate the "omni-prescence" of Microsoft, but am leery of changing to a Linux OS for fear as to how it would impact on programs that we use - POS, quickbooks, MS office (word - excel - publisher - etc), photoshop, CAD programs, etc?

Maybe Mike & Framerguy could give their opinion?

Thanks.
 

Mike Labbe

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I personally wish there were more alternatives.

It's a crime that Windows is so buggy and bloated, but it's the only practical game in town. Patches on top of patches on top of junk. They should scrap it and start over.


The Mac had the most potential, but is dying a slow death partly because few companies develop software for it any more. Their OS-X is a step in the right direction, but they need more software.

Linux is incredibly efficient, but doesn't have the financial potential to draw many developers - and it's not very "user friendly" for the average Joe.

I wonder how many "Grumblers" use Linux OS in their business?
Framer runs his shop on a Linux server, through Windows based workstations running a DOS point of sale system he wrote himself. I believe he's in the process of moving www.thegrumble.com to the same server.

He's the only one I know of. All the popular POS programs are written for Windows, with a couple still offering support for the MAC OS. I'm not aware of any Linux based framing POS programs, but if one was developed it could probably support hundreds of simultaneous orders.

Microsoft is a necessary evil. :(
 

Mitch

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As most things, I have gone about this the wrong way. I have stock in Linux (Redhat) and use Microsoft Windows. It would have been better to own the Microsoft stock and run Linux OS
 
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