"Microsoft got its proverbial foot in the government's door back
in 1992 "with NT, and the government's (ostensibly admirable) fiat
that all government contracts be for POSIX-compliant systems only,"
yagu pointed out. "Microsoft dropped a POSIX 'subsystem' into NT
and the rest is history.
""Yes, Windows still comes with the POSIX subsystem -- only
POSIX.1, for the record -- but try and find anyone deciding desktop
technology who even remembers POSIX, its benefits or what it's even
"As for the Army's decision to standardize on Office 2007,
"That's what I want my military spending time and money on -- a new
interface, buggy (and slow) software with a steep learning curve,"
yagu said. "Oh, and now we can be assured that they will be mired
in document incompatibility muck, and any exchange with the outside
will fight the compatibility battle too."