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    Re: Government agency tells schools to shun Vista

    There's more here:-

    Becta: Why schools should avoid Vista

    and here.

    I haven't read Becta's report yet, but I agree with what's said in the ZDNet article about cost. It's simply out of our league.

    I don't think it will be necessary for a long time as it'll aslo be a long time before any educational software that neds it is produced.

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    Re: Government agency tells schools to shun Vista

    Quote Originally Posted by PiqueABoo
    62.5% higher rates.. compared to Windows 2000!
    Did you get that from an MS marketing statement? Consider:

    "Business" bought 1000 copies of X in the first month
    "Business" bought 27,123,456 copies of X in the second year
    "Business" bought 1625 copies of Y in the first month.

    An increase in a rate doesn't tell us anything much.

    future software needs will no doubt require Vista
    Maybe, but I've yet to find an app I want to run (lots and lots of those) that doesn't work on my W2K laptop.
    Nope. NPD report. Sales are actually down over 3% against the XP launch, so it's not all good news. And remember that is without general release to the public. Take what you want from the figures or the NPD report, but it either says Vista is doing well or it's fudged to make it look like it's doing well. I don't care. I'm a Mac user

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    Re: Government agency tells schools to shun Vista

    Indeed. Educational software isn't even a driver for upgrading to XP. It's the platfom stability compared to Win9x, multimedia support (digital cameras, CD burning etc) and similar things.

    I can see Vista sneaking in the usual way though, because it comes preinstalled on new PCs. I do forsee that through this we'll be forced to upgrade at some point. Because we'll be unable to get the drivers for newer hardware so that it'll operate when we downgrade new machines to XP Pro.

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    Re: Government agency tells schools to shun Vista

    I think Becta's comments on MSOffice are much more telling.
    It seems to be very pro ODF (as previously noted in their technical specifications). Maybe Becta are looking towards the day when schools do not require Vista at all.

    Recommendation
    Educational ICT suppliers should seek to facilitate choice to schools, ensuring that computers for this market are shipped with a choice of Office productivity suites on the desktop. Ideally this choice should include an open-source offering. "

    Recommendation
    Microsoft should move to provide native support for the ODF file format as soon as is practical and at the latest by mid 2007.
    Recommendation
    Schools and colleges should only deploy Office 2007 when its interoperability with alternative products is satisfactory.
    Using the default file format of Microsoft Office
    2007 therefore has the potential to exacerbate
    ‘digital divide’ issues as a result of the loss of
    interoperability with free-to-use products. Becta
    considers that educational institutions should
    only consider deploying Office 2007 when they
    are assured of its interoperability with
    alternative products including free-to-use
    products such as OpenOffice.org.

    The 64bit vista comments were also insightful in light of Eric Raymonds latest paper

    What I don't understand is that they say all this, then happily contract out services that will guarantee lock-in ?

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    Re: Government agency tells schools to shun Vista

    it either says Vista is doing well or it's fudged to make it look like it's doing well.
    At this early stage I wouldn't be suprised if they're doing much more than counting downloads... and given bandwidth increases it's easier for folk to download a big OS now compared to 2000, despite the Vista bloat.

    I don't care. I'm a Mac user
    I don't care either. Except for logon/off my Windows [whatever] spends most of it's time behind applications where it belongs.

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    Re: Government agency tells schools to shun Vista

    Well - sorry to disagree but I'm impressed with Vista - my 3 year old lappy is like a spring chicken after installing. True it has a performance index of 1 - but that's because the graphics chip is naff - do I miss Aero? not really - but after reinstalling XP for the third time in six months and STILL ending up with a 10 minute power on to desktop after a couple of weeks use - I have to say - I like Vista much better.

    The main problem with Vista is the same as when Windows 95 or Windows 2000 or even XP came out.

    Other software is not necessarily compatible. Having said that - most of what I need I have found a workaround for. There is the option of running the application in compatibility mode - but that is no guarantee.

    IMHO Vista is here to stay - yes it will not gain wide acceptance for at least 18 months, but that's a good thing - more time to get under the hood before the end users break it.

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