[LINK] Linux poised for desktop failure: Gartner
Fri Nov 15 15:16:50 EST 2002
On Fri, 15 Nov 2002 22:55:48 +1100, you wrote:
>On Fri, Nov 15, 2002 at 08:16:13PM +1100, Malcolm Miles wrote:
>> The stumbling block for many large corporates is the total cost of
>> conversion of the desktop.
>some will run on wine, others under vmware, and others can be accessed
>via VNC or Terminal Server or similar remote-access tools.
>certainly not a perfect solution, .....
Unfortunately there is no way the business would wear this. There is
no money or resources to test each of them out to see whether they run
under any of the scnearios you mention. Having some apps running under
Wine, some under VMWare and some via VNC would be a support nightmare
and the users who rely on these apps to get their job done would
>the re-development has to be done at some point, anyway - in the long
>run, it's too dangerous to trust code with no developers that no-one
>understands, and that depends on ancient/obsolete dev environments. one
>day, inevitably, it's going to stop working, or an OS upgrade will break
Some may well break in the future but to date they continue to work
and the business sticks with the philosopy of "if it ain't broke,
don't fix it". We are still running much code originally developed for
Windows 3.1 and even DOS, most running OK under Windows 2000/XP. Many
VB3 apps are still being enhanced, although some have been converted
to later versions of VB. VB developers come cheap.
>if it's going to be rewritten, it makes sense to rewrite in a portable
>language (e.g. C or C++), targetting a portable GUI library - there are
>several available which run on *nix, windows, and mac...recompile and
>the same code runs on a different platform.
But the business sees no need to run code on a different platform;
things seem OK as they are, so why re-write?
>IMO, this is an example that highlights a cost that is often glossed
>over - the cost of being trapped by one vendor.
In the short term, and that is all business is focussed on these days,
there is no cost in being trappped by one vendor. The DOS/Windows
platform has met and kept up with their needs for over 10 years and
Windows developers come cheap. Changing both o/s platform and then
having to rewrite all their apps is a cost they can't justify.
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