Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Microsoft sees no threat from Linux upstarts

  • Comment

This column has always advocated a broad and sceptical view of computers and computer systems. All right, not always the Mac. But it is interesting to see how the corporate-government world is cautiously toe-in-watering alternatives to the Evil Empire, aka Microsoft, such as beginning to install the relatively safe Firefox in place of virus-not-unfriendly Internet Explorer, and Linux in place of Windows.

Regular readers will remember my toying with Mandrake Linux and the free alternative to MS Office, Open Office. I condemned the latter only on the trivial (to non-journalists) grounds of its difficult-to-find word count. I installed Mandrake, but got bogged down with the internet connection.

Firefox take-up around the globe has reduced Explorer's share to less than 90 per cent: still a massive percentage but the analysts are getting anxious.

The UK has remained loyal to Microsoft. Until now. Last week the government set up the Open Source Academy. It seems to follow a report (read it at www. ogc. gov. uk/ embedded_object. asp? docid=1002367) that says: 'Open Source software is a viable and credible alternative to proprietary software for infrastructure implementations, and for meeting the requirements of the majority of desktop users.' The italics are mine because although Linux is already used widely in the server world, it has hitherto been deemed a tad novel for desktop users.

So now the Open Source Academy, according to eGov Monitor, 'will develop new operating system (OS) business applications designed for local government, targeting areas where alternatives to proprietary software are lacking. Among its other plans are to carry out large-scale case studies of OS use, including a study of the relative security of an OS solution compared with a Microsoft desktop infrastructure.' This is a government-backed initiative. Microsoft must be breathing a sigh of relief.

sutherland. lyall@btinternet. com

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.

Related Jobs

AJ Jobs