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Ignore Vista

OndraSoukup - Some Rights Reserved When issuing a new product, supposedly an upgrade on what existing users are dealing with, you’d hope for a better public notice from what one would assume to be a publicly trusted user. BECTA, the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency, than this:

The overall advice on Vista was even worse, from Microsoft’s perspective. “Early deployment is considered extremely high risk and strongly recommended against,” Becta stated. “On the basis of current understanding, the total cost of deployment is significant, the risks are high, and the benefits are far from clear.

Source: UK government agency tells schools to ignore Vista – Computer Business Review

Perhaps the Western English speaking world is coming around to the fact that Microsoft dominance does not have to be a way of life. Could there be room for OpenOffice or Linux in the future of western business computing? Will the existing hang ups with Open Source software dissolve as the choices become clearer?

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I’m getting a new computer at work this week, do I get Vista or not? What should the average user do or the webworker without an IT department do?

Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.

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