I really have no problems with a Microsoft OS, I'm running Windows 2000 Professional right now, and it works like a charm.
There are other options out there, as mentioned earlier. Unix costs too damned much for a person to use it at home, Linux can be downloaded for free,
but the downloads are huge. I personally am a fan of the many variants of Linux OS, particularly Mandrake 9 and Red Hat 7 and 9. Red Hat 9 eats way
more system resources than it should, but oh well.
I think my biggest thing is the pricing that Microsoft charges for their Office software. I like Microsoft Office, it's what I was taught to work
with, and it does work well. I also use OpenOffice.org software whenever I can, in most applications it works just as well, it just takes a little
time to get used to using.
Linux does offer updates to their OS, but with most variants of it, you are only entitled to updates if you PURCHASED your copy rather than
downloading it, or having a friend burn it for you. When it comes down to it, Red Hat 9 Deluxe or Professional or whatever costs the same as Windows
XP Professional, so it comes down to preference.
I will say that I fully back any companies that believe in open source, such as the Linux distributors. Every copy of Red Hat comes with the OS
source code, and you are free to edit it if you feel the need to. Microsoft, however, will have your balls in a vice if you're caught reverse
engineering one of their products because you want to see what makes it tick.
POSTED BY junglejake
Consider backward incompatability. If one person in your office upgrades to office 2003, the whole office is going to, because the code behind
the formatting changes. Word 2000 can't view Word 2003 files unless Word 2003 selects to save them in a special format. And even that doesn't always
work out right.
I use Office 2003 for almost everything, and haven't had any problems when attempting to view or edit the files on a computer running Office 2000. I
don't save the files in any special format, if it's PowerPoint it's still a .ppt, if it's Excel, it's still a .xls. Maybe I've just been lucky
with backwards compatibility though.