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eWeek: Maybe It's Time for a Change

Oct 22, 2001, 22:22 (27 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scot Petersen)

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"We've heard the acronym/motto kiss: keep it simple, stupid. Buried in that philosophy is another maxim of the IT manager: If it ain't broke, don't fix it. For administrators and end users alike, living by these credos can mean enduring things like the instability of Windows 9x and the annoying Microsoft Office mate Clippy (now deceased) and avoiding such complicated tasks as upgrading platforms or switching apps—until it's absolutely necessary.

That time may be upon us. In a time of great change, changing your computing infrastructure may seem too expensive, unnecessary or, at best, a low priority. Consider, however, that such change may be just what you need. Microsoft has made some of these decisions easy with its new restrictive licensing plans and aggressive marketing for Windows XP and Office XP. It insists we need change, and many IT managers are accommodating the company in ways Redmond may not appreciate.

...If new software is needed, but not the costs or headaches of dealing with the new Microsoft licenses, some are taking renewed looks at Linux and Sun's StarOffice desktop productivity suite. Sun notes that users downloaded the latest beta of StarOffice in record numbers since it debuted earlier this month."

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