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Comment Re:Foo (Score 1) 345

A $40K per year Linux admin is pretty much the norm for the midwest, especially for state positions. They don't pay much, but the benefits are great. I used to work for a state university as a Unix/Linux admin years ago, and the pay was horrible.

You also don't need as many Unix/Linux admins as MS admins, or that's what I remember from some of the surveys and reports done comparing a Windows shop vs Linux shop.

I've worked in mixed shops, 100% Linux shops, and 100% MS shops doing admin work since '93. Honestly, I think companies CAN save money ditching MS, but you have to have a competent IT department to pull it off. Staff will use whatever you put in front of them. Custom applications may be a pain point, I'll give you that.

Comment Re:As a G1 user... (Score 1) 198

I've had the opposite experience, at least using the onscreen keyboard on my G1 compared to iPod Touch and iPhones. I find the onscreen keyboard easier to type accurately on the G1 compared to the iDevices so far.

As for browsing on the G1, I haven't had too many issues, but I think the iPhone does do a better job of detecting which link I'm trying to "click" on.

Comment Re:VOIP sucks. (Score 1) 426

No, I have cable internet. It tends to stay online longer than I have battery (about 8 hours). It did die once for about 10 minutes after the power was out for several hours, but came back and stayed on throughout the rest of the power outage.

I realize this may not hold true for everyone, though.

Comment Re:Worked in Both Worlds... (Score 1) 605

You nailed it. I also worked in a company that dealt with a lot of financial transactions in the banking and insurance industries, and all of the separation of duties requirements meant NO ONE had admin on their workstations, even in software development.

The testing environment was actually run by the server team, and the development team had to effectively communicate how to install and operate the software. This lead to better than average documentation, and less issues once the software was deployed than I have witnessed in other companies.

The company I work for now does not allow developers local admin on their workstations. They get elevated privileges through their network login, depending on which machine they are using. Dev does not have any privileges outside of the dev environment (ie, they can't even log into the production systems).

Comment Re:Will VoiP phones be powered over ethernet? (Score 1) 426

I doubt this is possible with the current POTS wiring infrastructure, but it wouldn't take much of a battery to keep the ethernet port alive on your DSL or whatever modem they supply for a reasonable amount of time.

The town where I grew up had an older central office with no generator. Once the batteries went, POTS went as well.

Comment Re:Analog lines aren't just for phones ya know... (Score 1) 426

With the right hardware, fax machines, credit card terminals, and satellite receivers can work over VoIP. I used to have to support folks with VoIP service at a wireless ISP, so I know it can be done. It's not as fast as a normal POTS line (usually limited to 9600 baud connections or lower), but I've seen it work.

You could also move away from a fax machine to a PDF scanner, and get credit card terminals that work over ethernet, then send everything over your internet connection instead of doing analog to digital to analog conversions.

Comment Re:VOIP sucks. (Score 2, Informative) 426

Yes, my internet and VOIP and cell all work when the power goes out.

I haven't had a POTS line in over four years now.

Granted, I took measures to ensure I would have working internet and VOIP when the power went out, but it's not THAT hard to figure out what you need to keep your lines of communication open in the event one loses power.

Comment Re:I installed the latest OO, definitely not a thr (Score 2, Insightful) 467

Yeah, it's a threat, whether you think so or not. I manage about 50 workstations, all Macs, and until recently we've been buying Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac with every new workstation. Since OpenOffice 3.1 came out, people are using it more and more, mainly because that's what they are using at home on Linux and Windows workstations. We no longer purchase Microsoft Office for Mac since OpenOffice is becoming the preferred office suite.

There's definitely a shift beginning to happen away from all things Microsoft when it comes to home computers. More and more people are being exposed to alternatives to Microsoft, simply through the products available from Apple, applications in the "cloud", set top appliances for home entertainment, alternative firmwares for things like wifi routers, and yes, even Linux distributions like Ubuntu that have steadily been improving the end-user experience over the past several years. Microsoft is not the end all be all company it once was, people are looking at alternatives, especially if the cost is significantly lower up front.

As much as I'd love to see everyone running Ubuntu and OpenOffice, I realize it's not going to happen overnight. But it is starting to happen in places I would have never expected just a couple years ago. This is the threat Microsoft perceives. If this shift gains momentum, it will begin to significantly impact their bottom line in a matter of years.

As for your experiences with OpenOffice, a couple of changes to Firefox would have it automatically opening .CSV files in a matter of seconds. Long load times? You are on a sub $300 notebook. Go purchase Microsoft Office 2007, or download a beta, and compare the two instead of blindly faulting OpenOffice for poor performance. It's probably the cheap machine at fault here.

In the end, you used TWO competing products to Microsoft Office, for free (minus your time). And you think Microsoft doesn't have anything to worry about? Have you purchased Microsoft Office for the netbook yet?


Nouveau NVIDIA Driver To Enter Linux 2.6.33 Kernel 289

An anonymous reader writes "Not only is DRBD to be included in the Linux 2.6.33 kernel, but so is the Nouveau driver. The Nouveau driver is the free software driver that was created by clean-room reverse engineering NVIDIA's binary Linux driver. It has been in development for several years with 2D, 3D, and video support. The DRM component is set to enter the Linux 2.6.33 kernel as a staging driver. This is coming as a surprise move after yesterday Linus began ranting over Red Hat not upstreaming Nouveau and then Red Hat attributing this delay to microcode issues. The microcode issue is temporarily worked around by removing it from the driver itself and using the kernel's firmware loader to insert this potentially copyrighted work instead."

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