[brlug-general] Linux Support in Baton Rouge.
andrewmb at gmail.com
Sat Feb 5 23:29:08 CST 2005
I would just like to point out that Bank One runs Microsoft on their
customer-facing websites, notably for Bank Online (it is ASP.Net
driven). Porting such an effort would be IMHO impossible, even with
the current state of the Mono project - nor would they want to convert
to an unsupported beta system.
I have to give them all the credit for ensuring their web system is
100% compatible with Mozilla Firefox, however....
On Sat, 5 Feb 2005 04:24:25 -0600, Will Hill <williamhill2 at cox.net> wrote:
> I was a little discouraged to see that the M$ Monopoly is still in effect with
> "first tier" providers:
> Shame on them, especially IBM's PC division.
> Outside the big dumb vendors, I know things are better. Bits Technical, a
> former employer, will work with IT professionals and provides excellent
> support. They already recommend Open Office and have a "customer is always
> right" attitude. They might even let you do some experimentation to make
> sure everything works before they assembled an order for you. After that,
> they have very good RMA and spare parts policies so you are not left in the
> lurch if something breaks. I also know that Bits was suffering from Walmart
> and other discount competition, so it's good to see Walmart offering a sub
> $500 Linux laptop.
> Does anyone have any other good Linux support stories here in Baton Rouge?
> The whole issue is a red herring. You don't have to buy new computers to roll
> out Linux in an organization. I know, from working a Bank One "upgrade", how
> painful and tedious a software swap can be to a Windoze organization, but the
> first Linux swap out kills that pain forever. The main problem at Bank One
> was that programs wrote junk to the registry that broke automated upgrade
> software like Novels' Zen. They could not simply be imaged, but had to be
> installed individually at the machine. Spyware and malware caused additional
> complications. One person could get five to ten PCs in a night of work. It
> was galling to someone used to apt-get upgrade. Large organizations like
> Bank One would save large buckets of money if they would look outside "first
> tier" or upgrade to GNU. The hardware they had was first rate and should
> have performed much better. Vendor support from places like Bits is
> encouraging and I'd like to hear more of it.
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