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Comment Re:All transition is hard (Score 1) 557

Ill-planned definitely. In my case, I hit everyone with the change and shift to a linux desktop all at once. As a long time linux user, I've already foreseen what problems there were going to be and I prepared for them. People expecting compatibility with Microsoft is just shooting themselves in the foot as all Microsoft has to do is change something to make everything incompatible and make everyone complain. Start using the new format and stop relying on Microsoft files immediately after a shift.

Comment Re:Well, I'm covered then (Score 1) 141

I had a new client that wasn't in my system and didn't have a method to pay me to have an order proceed. He decided that he could use paypal to pay me. I reluctantly agreed to help the guy out, boy was that a mistake. First, the transaction fees were absurd. Second, the guy had to pay me at increments because paypal has a limit and third the amount of time it took to get the money OUT of paypal was absolutely horrible. You have to wait a few weeks before you can even touch your money and then to transfer it out of paypal was another two weeks of BS that made my accountants life miserable. Paypal instantly treats you as a person with criminal intent for new accounts and only allows you to transfer $1000 at a time.

Would I use paypal again? Nope. 99% of my clients pay me with wire transfers or checks. Unless paypal can offer better services for people that move large amounts of money, they're completely useless to me and don't offer anything for me of any value.

Comment Re:My business went Linux, then back to Windows (Score 1) 557

The problem with people moving to a Linux desktop is that everyone expects things to work like Windows. Hardware wise, I haven't really found much issues with hardware and linux anymore.

However, expecting Microsoft Office docs to work 100% in OpenOffice or LibreOffice was your first mistake. Either you do a full move to libre or openoffice or you're just going to screw yourself over. That means actually stop using Microsoft Office files, including your employees, don't even look at them again, ever. That's what I had to do with my business and I haven't had any issues with it.

As for browser rendering differences, I have no idea, never had that issue.

Mainly, the only problem I have so far is the lack of professional software for linux, but for the moment vmware takes care of that.

Comment Re:They were mostly alone, continue to be alone (Score 1) 557

It also doesn't help that the majority of software that such municipalities need don't run on a linux desktop. For my case, vmware pretty much came into play for quite a bit of things from Siemens PLC software to Autocad and Solidworks (Because all the cad alternatives for linux is absolutely crap). There is a huge lack of professional software in linux, which really hurts its desktop adoption.

Comment Re:Gobal menus? (Score 1) 89

The sad part is, a lot of stuff has not even been brought over from KDE 4 yet. A lot of functionality was lost due to the move to KDE 5.x. KDE 4 worked better out of the box than KDE 5.x ever did. KIO is still broken with a lot of stuff and they're at version 5.9 now...

Comment Re:This seems strange (Score 0) 173

So what? It's required in both the US and EU. I have to do it for my products, why does LG get a pass? I'm seeing too many Chinese products that don't have the FCC marking or if going to Europe, just falsely provide information about their EMI testing in their declaration, especially for LED lights which are starting to interfere with a great deal of stuff lately. There's a reason these rules are setup in the first place and it's to avoid a situation just like in the article.

Comment Re:Owning vs Renting (Score 2) 353

I've switched my whole office to libreoffice. Also, a lot of businesses just run older versions of office. Why should they bother purchasing a new version of office that doesn't offer anything spectacular over the old version? Every business I go around too is running Office that is +5 years old, a lot still running Office 2003!

Comment Re:Carly Fiorina bashing (Score 1) 68

It sure is for China.

Avaya has been making horrible equipment, especially for IP phones. If you want to make equipment that's closed source, closed to literally everything, require purchasing licenses just to add an extra phone and is incompatible with everything (Left overs from the Nortel era), what do you expect? They are still popular in the used phone system market, since they work good enough, but you no longer have support for it, other than your phone guy. Want to add a phone? What a big headache... Their much touted scalability is quite a sham when it requires a team of people just to add phones.

Meanwhile, I bought my office Yealink IP phones and they work great and literally compatible with everything, SIP (of course), including adding address books, supports VPN connections and very easy to manage. They also look great, sound great and the color touch screen is a big plus. They're not exactly cheap either. Yealink also doesn't handcuff me with licensing, restrictions and fees. Works great with Asterisk and I can add as many damn phones as I please.

People still need these phones, they're not going away any time soon, unless cellphones start linking your business phone extension, but a lot of people don't like doing that either. Much of the telecomms business moved onto VOIP providers, IP phones that work and your local IT support.

Comment Re:USE THIS (Score 1) 145

Though, I did enjoy Sumatra on Windows, the problem for me and others is that all these PDF viewers, either in linux or Windows, they don't have a lot of the nice features that Adobe Acrobat has that are just convenient to use (They literally suck). Automatically OCR a document, multipage viewing that adjusts nicely to your screen, combine PDFs or whatever documents into one PDF, scanning, all the nice tools for review and note taking, etc. I had to sacrifice a lot of this nice convenience for my employees who were used to this. But I'm willing to burn it all down if it means stopping them from spying on my industry.

Comment Re:Please re-word: Jack Wallen's Best Linux Distro (Score 1) 224

Why not? I've been using it for my production server setup just fine. It works great and does the job pretty well. I don't recommend it for everyone, but the LTS and rolling updates doesn't hurt me. If it breaks something, that's why I have a backup to take over so I can figure it out.

To be honest, I haven't had anything break for my business for years on Arch. It's been running my machines, connecting to PLC's for data, running my database, all the good things just fine. I think probably the worst thing was just the python 2 to python 3 move, but it turned out to be a non-issue, since 90% of my stuff ran fine on python 3, and Arch (Along with all the major distributions) offered python 2 to stick around for a long time until I moved over.

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