THE VOLE will try to force its customer base to migrate onto Vista, but moving to Linux instead might be a greener and more cost-effective alternative.
Ted Samson, who authors the InfoWorld bog Sustainable IT, wrote that Microsoft will move to retire Windows XP starting this next July, thus effectively forcing its users to "upgrade" to Vista. He pointed out that this might also force the Vole's customers to buy a lot of new, expensive PCs that they might not otherwise need.
Initially, Samson saw only two alternatives, which he summarised as:
"1. Stick with XP and hope you can gather the licenses you need to run your business as it grows, all the while waiting for a better version of Windows to emerge down the road.
"2. Cave in and adopt Vista, either taking a headache-inducing piecemeal approach or an all-out expensive (and again, wasteful) mass migration."
But his readers suggested a third alternative: move to Linux instead. He quotes one who wrote:
"I am suggesting VMware on Linux with your current crop of XP licenses. Mission-critical stuff that must run on XP is available, meanwhile you can be working on migrating everything to a native Linux environment that will not toss you on your keister in a few years. Further, the one big thing coming down the pike, 64-bit computing, is fully supported with Linux, so you don't have to worry about being able to fully utilize the next generation."
Hear, hear. Linux runs just fine on existing desktop hardware, even on PCs that are several years old now. Give it a 1.5Ghz processor and 512MB of RAM, and Linux is more than adequate to support business tasks. No screaming 3Ghz CPU or 2GB of RAM are needed to run Linux, in contrast to the additional resources demanded to run Microsoft's deplorable Windows Vista.
Samson agrees, mentioning that not only is Linux less resource intensive than Windows at present, but Linux is shaping up as a greener choice for the future.
In addition, he says that moving to thin-clients might also be a viable alternative to Vista. But we're not too sure that's really going to fly. µ
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