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Re: [News] Massive Successful Migration to GNU/inux in France

DFS wrote:
> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> FR: Gendarmerie saves millions with open desktop and web
>> applications
>> http://www.osor.eu/news/fr-gendarmerie-saves-millions-with-open-desktop-and-web-applications
> This article contains at least two big lies by the French
> Lieutenant-Colonel Xavier Guimard:

Rather bold statements accusing a government official for
embracing FOSS without proof.

> 1) "Microsoft was forcing us to buy new software licences."


May 11, 2001 2:25 PM PDT
Microsoft: It's Office XP or bust

By Joe Wilcox
Staff Writer, CNET News

A new licensing program being put in place by Microsoft will
force the majority of its business customers to either upgrade to
Office XP before Oct. 1 or pay a heftier purchase price later,
analysts say.

The Redmond, Wash.-based software company on Thursday revamped
its licensing program--in the process raising fees anywhere from
33 percent to 107 percent for the majority of customers,
according to Gartner. [...]

"You're being forced to do an upgrade to get into (Software
Assurance)--or you can just wait, and at some point in the future
you can rebuy the license at full price," said Gartner analyst
Alvin Park. [...]

Worldwide, the change means Microsoft will pull in an extra $3.6
billion in revenue the first year the program is in place--or
about 15 percent of the company's fiscal 2000 revenue, according
to Guernsey Research.

> 2) "Previously, one of us would be travelling all year just to
> install a new version of some anti virus application on the
> desktops in the Gendarmerie's outposts on the islands in
> French Polynesia. A similar operation now is finished within
> two weeks and does not require travelling."
> You don't have to travel anywhere to remotely install a new AV
> package on Windows.

There is no mention of what AV package was used, the server
configuration, etc.  However, it is not the first time that
installation of software has failed under Windows and required
manual intervention on the server.


Remote installation failed on the host: Setup process error: 1607
(Unable to install InstallShield Scripting Runtime) [...]

# In this case to solve the problem you should do the following:

# Enter the system under the account with local administrator
rights and repeat the installation
# Reinstall InstallScript by launching ISScript file e.g. from
Kaspersky Antivirus 5.0 for Win workstations distribution kit
# Do not use SUBST discs to install the product
# Register IDriver.exe and msiexec.exe:

[PROGRAMFILES]\Common Files\InstallShield\Driver\7\Intel
32\IDriver.exe /REGSERVER
[WINDOWSFOLDER]\System32\msiexec.exe /REGSERVER

Detailed description of the problem solution is available on the
InstallShield site:

Which also states,

All Windows
When an InstallShield setup is launched, the following error occurs:

    Error -1607: Unable to install InstallShield Scripting Runtime


This error can be caused for a number of reasons, many of which
are machine-specific. Some known causes for this error are as

    * On Windows XP, there is a known issue with the Microsoft
Windows Installer Service that affects all MSI-based setups. This
error results when an MSI-based setup is run from a virtual drive
created via the 'subst' command.
    * Registry entries point to drive(s) that have been created
with the "subst" command.
    * The file IDriver.exe is not registered properly.
    * Permissions on the <WINDOWSFOLDER>\Installer folder are
    * An older version of InstallShield Developer is being used.
    * The file msiexec.exe is not registered properly.
    * An older version of the MSI engine has been installed from
a network drive that is no longer available.
    * There are insufficient privileges in Windows.
    * Another instance of the file "msiexec.exe" is running.
    * Another MSI-based setup is running simultaneously.
    * The default value of the Windows Documents & Settings
folder has been changed to a different drive letter that doesn't
    * The main drive letter (usually C:) does not have a System
account on it.

Quando omni flunkus moritati
(If all else fails, play dead)
- "Red" Green

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