More Clouds on the Horizon for Wintel

The US Airforce is studying the use of ~1million thin clients instead of fat client PCs. Of course GNU/Linux or Android/Linux on ARM can do the job so Wintel can take a big hit. This fits with plans to reduce waste in government while increasing performance.

see Air Force considers dumping PCs for 1.2 million thin clients

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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6 Responses to More Clouds on the Horizon for Wintel

  1. Kozmcrae says:

    Concern about using Microsoft’s products is growing wider and deeper. Microsoft may be able to convince the Air Force to continue using their software but it will be more difficult than in the past and at some point, impossible.

    We know the cost of being owned by Microsoft. That knowledge is spreading and it’s only going to grow. Large organizations will change over to GNU/Linux, if not now then sometime in the future.

  2. oiaohm says:

    Robert Pogson big thing that changed is in 2011 drone control with live weapons got breached. Now air force can not live with the idea that windows can be isolated and secured. This is the second breach of drone control by the way the first breach was 2009.

  3. Amen. I think what has changed is the idea that the US government can live on credit. They seriously need to get back to balanced budgets and cuts in important stuff makes the slushfunding of M$ stand out. Once an organization looks at price/performance, M$ sticks out like a sore thumb. Obama has definitely jerked the chain of IT managers all over the government. He cannot legislate but he can implement his programme efficiently. I doubt the legislative branch is going to dictate that Wintel be used and they cannot very well accuse him of waste implementing FLOSS.

  4. George Hostler says:

    Another post trapped by spam …

  5. George Hostler says:

    Robert, I’ve posted a couple that seems to be captured by your spam filter. I’m thinking your spam settings may be too tightly set, as I see nothing spamlike about my posts.

  6. George Hostler says:

    Robert, the greatest challenge facing the Air Force is the political clout of the M$ cartel. Department of Defense has traditionally heavily invested in the Windows operating system and servers, although alternatives have existed for over a decade.

    With the announcement of this, it would not surprise me that an emissary of Redmond’s legal and sales team are already lobbying to convince the Air Force leadership to abate their approach.

    This follows along the lines of:

    [quote]
    Working behind the scenes to orchestrate “independent” praise of our technology, and damnation of the enemy’s, is a key evangelism function during the Slog. “Independent” analyst’s report should be issued, praising your technology and damning the competitors (or ignoring them). “Independent” consultants should write columns and articles, give conference presentations and moderate stacked panels, all on our behalf (and setting them up as experts in the new technology, available for just $200/hour). “Independent” academic sources should be cultivated and quoted (and research money granted). “Independent” courseware providers should start profiting from their early involvement in our technology. Every possible source of leverage should be sought and turned to our advantage.
    [/quote]

    PLAINTIFF’S EXHIBIT 3096
    Comes (Iowa) versus Microsoft Court Case
    Generalized Evangelism Timeline
    Page 9 of 27
    http://www.groklaw.net/pdf/Comes-3096.pdf

    Sincerely, George Hostler

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