SPAM: Score 3.3: Re: Instead of freebsd.com, why not...
mkb at incubus.de
Sat Feb 12 16:19:31 GMT 2005
Anthony Atkielski wrote:
>>Or the city administration of Munich, which intends to move its
>>Windows desktops to a Linux/KDE-based installation.
> Why not just burn taxpayer euro in a bonfire? It would have the same
> end result and it would be faster.
Well, if you just run a set of 1-3 applications, and don't do anything
else with the computer, there shouldn't be much of a difference. Think,
for example, of the software that the clerks feed applications for
driving licenses or passports into. That's (most likely) one do-it-all
software running on the terminal-like PC all the time. Or a secretary,
using some kind of office software (I don't know if they consider
OpenOffice). Apart from making a political statement, the advantage is
of course being independent from the Microsoft update cycle. Of course
whether it's cheaper having the inhouse staff or a consulting firm
update the Linux desktops needs to be evaluated first (and I'm sure they
did). Another point, as far as I got it, was security, i.e., higher
resilience towards worms and viruses.
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