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Troubleshooters.com: The Windows to Linux Conversion

Mar 31, 2001, 13:47 (29 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve Litt)

"...Your software vendor can triple the price of your software and stop supporting your version, or even prevent you from using it. I've even heard vague, unsubstantiated rumors that some vendors of proprietary software are starting to require you to get a onetime only installation key every time you reinstall the software you legally purchased, and even charge you for the privilege of giving you that key. In five years will they still sell you the key, or will they force you to upgrade? Given the role of application reinstallation in Windows Troubleshooting, do you think this might create problems?"

"Other vendors cannot legally reverse engineer to provide an import facility. What choice to you have?"

"As you read this month's Troubleshooting Professional, keep this one question in mind. Because I'll be describing the transition from Windows to Linux as a long, difficult process requiring advanced planning and discipline. It's a process far more costly than licensing new versions of Windows every 3 years. It's very tempting to take the course of least resistance and stick with Windows. On the desktop, at least, that was a tempting alternative even for my small company. Sure, Windows crashed all the time, but is moving Troubleshooters.Com to a Linux desktop worth 40 hours of my labor? That's about what it took. Believe me, spending $400 or whatever on Windows 2000 would have been cheap. So why did I switch?"

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