Computerworld’s survey reveals that only one quarter of businesses have migrated to “7” and most are still using XP. The reasons are many, but they all boil down to one thing. The migration to “7” is not a good investment. They get nothing out of it that justifies the expense/effort. If what M$ has been telling the world, that “7” will save them money, then businesses would be rushing to change but they are not. Many of the respondents do think “7” is a good OS but there is no reason to spend money just to have it.
- Some are locked in to IE6 as M$ intended when it made IE6 incompatible with the web.
- Some are keeping PCs for five years because they work.
- Some have apps or hardware not compatible with “7”.
- Some just don’t have the money because business has slowed.
- Some are just going to stick with XP as long as they can.
If you add up all the reasons not to migrate to “7” you come to a pretty compelling list to avoid this problem in the future and migrate to GNU/Linux when they finally do migrate. All the problems would be the same and they won’t have to go through this whiplash again.
- GNU/Linux releases are not tied to any wave of hardware.
- GNU/Linux releases are not tied to any version of applications.
- You can run, examine, modify, and distribute the code as you wish.
- GNU/Linux is standards-compliant.
- GNU/Linux has a licensing fee of $0.
- GNU/Linux has no deadlines.
On top of that, you can say good-bye to Patch Tuesday, re-re-reboots, phoning home, the BSA, salesmen and many other annoyances of that other OS. The Wintel treadmill is getting old. Get off it.