What are the right questions to ask?

Jason Edwards jtanium at gmail.com
Thu Jan 17 13:57:33 MST 2008


I'm an idiot, I mean to say:

"I would say the leap from Windows to OS X is much smaller than the
leap to Linux."

Jason

On Jan 17, 2008 1:56 PM, Jason Edwards <jtanium at gmail.com> wrote:
> Andrew is right on the money, and I commend him for having the guts to
> say it -- I didn't, because I was worried about sounding anti-Linux.
>
> The only thing I would add is, consider OS X if you're switching from
> Windows.  I've been at two companies where they have done it, and it
> has gone fairly smoothly.  I would say the leap from Windows to OS X
> is much smaller than the leap to OS X.
>
> Also, while they are still running Windows, and no matter which path
> they take, they should start using things like Firefox and OpenOffice,
> to get used to them.
>
> Jason
>
>
> On Jan 17, 2008 1:24 PM, Andrew Jorgensen <andrew.jorgensen at gmail.com> wrote:
> > My advice is to get professional help.  The last thing Linux needs is
> > another dissatisfied customer.  If they really want to move to Linux
> > on a large scale they need to figure out how much that's really going
> > to cost them and then pay for it.  It's never as simple as just
> > reinstalling everything.  I'm not suggesting any particular company
> > but this is not a hobby project.
> >
> > It sounds like they're a small business.  They probably don't have a
> > full time sysadmin and they probably shouldn't but you can guarantee
> > they'll need someone there full time to hold their hands for the first
> > several months if not years.
> >
> > Moving to Linux right after a colossal failure of Windows doesn't
> > sound like a good business move anyway.  They ought to wait until the
> > fog clears and think about it rationally.  Good business decisions
> > aren't driven by fear.
> >
> > They also need to find out how well their windows apps run under wine
> > before spending even a dime on a transition as that could be a
> > deal-breaker.
> >
> > Sorry if that sounds anti-Linux, it's not.  But I do think that Linux
> > is hard to transition to and hard = expensive if time = money.  So
> > many bad things could come of this.
> >
> > I'm also going to guess that the real reason this whole thing happened
> > is that they were trying not to pay for IT.  Either they didn't have a
> > sysadmin, they hired the cheapest one they could get, or someone in
> > the company (possibly higher up in the company) thought they could do
> > it themselves.  Also someone trusted McAfee.  Ha.
> >
> > Not knowing what their computing needs are is also very very suspicious.
> >
> > Okay, must. stop. rant.
> >
> > And definitely not Gentoo.  Unless you've got an IT shop that
> > specializes in supporting it at a fair price.
> >
> >
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