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Case in point - Apple

Posted by: joecommodore on August 29, 2006 08:19 AM
At work we've been using Apple Maciuntoshes since 87 during that time the hard drive interface has changed (SCSI to IDE), the networking (Localtalk to Ethertalk and most likely to NFS later on), The processor, 68000 to PowerPC to Intel Dual Core, the operating system System 5, to 6, to 7 to 8 to 9 to X some of them were pretty major transitions (even before X).

Think it won't happen to Microsoft Windows or your PC.... riiiggght, think<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.Net, Vista, Palladium, etc.

Not to say that the vendor did not have any right to do what they did, they do, and as a user YOU do have a choice: to accept what the conpany offers you or to look for alternatives. And Linux is a viable alternative, either free (which is isn't you still need skilled people with either Linux or Windows, or Mac experience), investment ($$ for programming custom code) or commercial, etc. It mainly works out who are you going to pay, for a box ready to install, soneone to make something custon or something in between.

The benefit of open source code is the ability to tailor your softwware set up for your needs (such as the specialized accounting system) and/or updated, and not worry as much about change, and if there is an unavoidable roadblock you have the source code - to adapt or just base a new system on. Which is more than a 'do it or loose it' situation.

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