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Comment Re:not entirely false (Score 1) 394

Sure, let's do the math :

I only maintain a handful of desktops PCs, and 4 online servers facing the internet.

On those, replacing my Debian setup with a windows equivalent would cost me between 20 and 25 000 dollars _per machine_ in licensing fees, renewable every three years.

Also, Windows can't run fast enough on these machines (they're Atom based computers), so I would also have to pay for more expensive hardware.

I enjoy the full disclosure that open source provides, so I know exactly what's going on. Zero downtime in three years. _Very_ pleasant and efficient development environment (I started on Windows, so I can tell the difference).

Keep counting...

Comment Re:Short term money saving. (Score 2) 183

"When was the last time they needed out-of-house Office editing"

It might happen, and Open/LibreOffice are no obstacle for plain documents (e.g. contracts).

I've shared/edited documents with my clients who use Windows, while I have a Debian desktop with OO; no problem in years. Actually even less than them on occasions, because that makes me less version dependent.

Comment Re:Name me some quality Apache products (Score 1) 126

"the prefix was added by people who simply got tired of waiting for Hurd"

Wrong : the prefix was added by Richard Stallman himself, who wanted people to remember that if Linus Torvalds did the kernel, GNU built the ecosystem it resides in.

I heard him in person saying this in a speech over 10 years ago.

Comment Re:I use Windows at home, Linux at work (Score 1) 182

>training will happen, like it or not.

Sure, but one fundamental difference with open source software is that it does not foster the multiple layers of executives found in proprietary software.

And I believe these people actually spend most of their time inventing new rules to justify their presence, artificially inflating the need for change, and create a mess in the process, because proven reliable software then gets broken.

Comparing the evolution of MS's office suite and that of Open/Libre Office over the last few years is a good example of that process, I find.

Comment Re:I use Windows at home, Linux at work (Score 1) 182

>I suspect that most people will be able to do the same thing, especially if the IT guy is the one doing all the installation and then telling them "to do that, just click on this icon right here ..."

Yo, nice way to reduce maintenance cost : have an IT guy behind each clerk to show him where to click. Don't forget to train the IT guy first, because he probably won't know where to click either if you use anything past windows 7.

What a joke.

Comment Re:The expense isn't the license, it's support (Score 1) 182

I work full time running Debian on an eee-pc that is now three years old.

All I've had to do is type this :
apt-get update && apt-get upgrade
in a console window once in a while to keep my system up-to-date.
I did the same on my previous laptop for the preceeding three years, the machine is still in use.

In the meantime, Windows' Office suite has become absolutely useless to me, due to the staggering amount of changes introduced for reasons I can't fathom.

I have no idea what potential interruption in business you talk about, it certainly is far less common in open source software than in proprietary software.

One thing is certain : I am not looking back.

Comment Re:3 links of many (Score 2) 586

"Sorry if my postings on this upset the anti-GMO crowd, but the facts are sometimes annoying."

Which is the reason why pro-GMO lobbyists so vehemently prevent any form of serious research on them, presenting only their own as valid.

Here is one example, among many others :

Comment Re:3 links of many (Score 1) 586

The only information I gather from the linked article is that Seralini's word is largely approved by people who are against GMO's, and not by people who support them. Totally hollow.

"Finally, it is notable that Seralini's funding comes from Greenpeace, and organization not shy about distorting facts."

Sure, quite unlike Monsanto, ever so truthful... are you serious?

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