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Troubleshooting Professional Magazine: Making it in a Post Microsoft World

Jun 11, 2000, 23:03 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve Litt)

[ Thanks to Steve Litt for this link. ]

"Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it. We Linux, Open Source and Free Software advocates, and Microsoft critics, have for years prayed for victory over the dark forces of Darth Gates and Darth Ballmer. We've gotten our wish, and it's time to put up or shut up."

"Of course, some of us put up years ago. I have friends who haven't run Windows for years. Some were smart enough to steer clear of the Redmond quicksand from the beginning, while others bit the bullet and converted in the years when Microsoft still ran the world. Those people have my undying respect -- they're not hypocrites. But most of us are like me -- we run Windows for some activities -- which is exactly why we hate it so much."

"Some of us needed to feed our families, and during the years Microsoft owned everything had no choice but to work Windows. Some needed an app that would not run on Linux. Some stuck with it out of habit, or to avoid the pain of a switch between any two operating systems.'

"Most of all, anticipating the transition is daunting. Leaving favored apps behind, moving thousands of data files (over 15,000 acquired over 14 years in my case), changing hard learned mouse and keystroke habits and workarounds, finding and learning new apps to do the tasks we've been doing for years. Viewing the transition as an event is a prescription for procrastination."

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