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Thursday November 25, 2004
09:22 AM

Windows --; Linux++;

[ #22004 ]

Tomorrow we hope to take one more Windows production server out of use, and upgrade it to Linux. Progress has been slow, but there has been a gradual increase in the number of Linux server systems at work since I started. If I could only get rid of my desktop Windows system in favour of a Linux one, then I'd be really happy.

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  • Are Linux desktops not allowed? What has the opposition been?
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    • Since my Linux desktop doesn't run RSS Bandit, my productivity has soared since I switched. ;-)

      -Dom

      • I'm not that lucky position, I can't think of any software on Windows that I use, and is not available or a superior alternative isn't available on Linux.

        I'm just not allowed to switch, as IT can't support my box if it's not running Winblows, even though all the software packages on the machine that I actually use: Cygwin, PuTTY, Firefox, Opera, HTML-Kit, PFE, Zinf, CDex etc etc were installed by me after they gave me the so called "set-up" machine. All they set up was Windows, Office, and IE/Outlook. I n

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        • I'm not that lucky position, I can't think of any software on Windows that I use, and is not available or a superior alternative isn't available on Linux.
          • TOAD - Tool for Oracle Developers. Nice tool that I would hate to live without. There is TORA, but it's not as full featured. TORA's development has halted since Quest Software hired Henrik, the author of TORA. I believe Quest is working on a *nix version (using Kylix?), but it may be a while.
          • Calendaring - I haven't found a free solution that matche
          • I don't work with Oracle, so I can't pass comment there.

            I do work with Lookout, which is one of Bill's top crimes against humanity. I think my idea of Hell would be having to work with Oulook for eternity, I think it's the worst email client I've ever used, and I've used a few: Eudora, Pegasus (DOS/Win), KMail, Netscape/Mozilla, Pine, elm, VMS mail, and various webmail systems. As for calendaring I hate that too, enless stupid messages, and inane managers that invite a million irrelavent people to a meeti

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        • I'm just not allowed to switch, as IT can't support my box if it's not running Winblows, even though all the software packages on the machine that I actually use... were installed by me after they gave me the so called "set-up" machine.

          If you never have to call IT then IT doesn't support you. I'ved used this logic in the past, usually after I've wiped the machine and installed something sensible and they finally notice three months later. One less machine to support, they should be happy! :) Watch out

          • I would love to wipe my machine, however the managment tools would get upset... They would notice. You are correct though I never have problems that other users have, and I help IT out more than they help me.

            Most of the time I could get by with OpenOffice.org or antiword, I don't use office on a day to day basis. Outlook is the only thing they insist on, and is perhaps the largest thorn in my side as I hate it more than anything else that M$ make. If they only opened up POP3 or IMAP on the Exchange server

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            • Ugg. Classic pointless "we don't trust our own employees" network security setup. :( Might make some sense for joe Windows user but not for sysadmins and developers. Too bad you can't have your own LAN. I know an occurance of this happening, a small company got bought out by a giant one. The sysadmins of $smallco had a near revolt when they found out their machines would have to live behind the fucked up $giantco firewall so they demanded, and got, an unfiltered direct network connection and the assura
              • As a general rule you are correct, cluless Windows users do mess up their systems with alarming regularity. It's therefore generally a bad idea to let them do anything. At the same time companies fail miserably to train their staff, so the responsibility for this ineptness is ultimately with the employer.

                What really pisses me off is the myth that Microsoft perpeptuates that changing to FOSS would involve retraining. Most people aren't trained in Windows to start with, and their general incompetence is par

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    • Company policy is: "Thou shalt run the software of only the devine* one, and speak of no other!". Basically we are a Windows only company.

      We waste a fortune on hardware to run multiple Exchange servers, domain controllers and other what-nots that could all be consolidated on a smaller number of sane Linux/Unix servers. We could half the IT staff by dicthing Windows just on virus/spy problems alone, and the fortune we could save on WindowsXP/OfficeXP licences isn't even funny.

      Thankfully the SAP systems r

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