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[News] [Rival] Another Example of How Microsoft/Gates Block GNU/Linux in Libraries for Profit

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Another Example of How Microsoft/Gates Block GNU/Linux in Libraries for Profit
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 14:47:55 +0100
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New computer equipment proves popular

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| âBoth computers are equipped with a range of 
| software, including Microsoft Office 
| programs,â Gardner explained. âOnly one of our 
| old computers had the Microsoft Office 
| software, and it was in constant demand. Many 
| of the other library branches still have only 
| one computer equipped with Microsoft Office.â



"Microsoft decision puts public libraries at risk"

,----[ Quote ]
| Of course, where some see a Microsoft
| blunder, others see a Linux opportunity.
| There are lots of ways to solve this problem
| under Linux, but none of the ones I can think
| of offhand are easy or automatic:
| 1. You can run your shared-access PC from a
| Linux "Live CD." It's impossible to corrupt
| the operating system, and you can get a clean
| start with every reset. Disadvantage: live
| CDs are slow; also ties up the CD-ROM drive.
| [...]


Microsoft decision puts public libraries at risk


Microsoft Made Choices, Libraries Must Respond

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| Since the program was part of a project by the
| Gates Foundation, ostensibly with primary usage
| aimed at these libraries, it makes one wonder
| what the folks at Microsoft are thinking.
| My first opinion, and one I believe Iâll stick
| with, is that there is absolutely no need to
| update to Windows 7, for as the saying goes âif
| it isnât broken, donât fix itâ. Though the
| talking heads at Microsoft would have you
| believe that Windows 7 is worlds better than
| Windows XP, that is far from true. If there are
| any small differences in security, they can be
| fully mitigated with a simple change of
| browser, firewall, and antivirus/antimalware
| programs.
| [...]
| SteadyState is descended from the Public Access
| Computer security software developed in the
| early 2000s by the Bill and Melinda Gates
| Foundation. It was part of the foundationâs
| ongoing drive to put computers into schools and
| libraries.
| In 2005, Microsoft picked up the torch with the
| release of the Shared Computer Toolkit and then
| followed with SteadyState in 2007 for Windows
| XP.
| Ironically, news of Microsoftâs decision not to
| support SteadyState in Windows 7 arrived in the
| same month as a Gates Foundationâfunded,
| University of Washington study, which reported
| that some 77 million Americans used a library
| computer or Wi-Fi network to access the
| Internet last year.
| [...]
| Not only is the Gates Foundation supposed to be
| sensitive to this, Microsoft, working in its
| own best interest, should see the immediate
| need to do something, or else, some
| enterprising person will come along and show
| many libraries the benefits of a little jewel
| called Linux.
| Letâs face it, for what people do on computers
| at the library, Linux, specifically Ubuntu or
| OpenSuSE would work very well, and be very
| easily administered by the right person. SO
| each library district may have to pay for that
| right person, in the long run it saves
| thousands, if not millions of dollars in
| bypassing the Microsoft trough, and forced cash
| removals every 3-4 years.

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