__/ [Sig Sauer] on Friday 10 February 2006 12:49 \__
> On Fri, 10 Feb 2006 05:15:23 +0000, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> Thumbs up for Mandriva 2006 and great job prodding your boss, Sig. That
>> friend's parents, by the way, run a factory with about a dozen machines.
>> He is now urging them to consider Linux, so words and skills evidently
> There is an unfortunate side to this, each location has only one
> machine used for full internet access, these are the machines that will
> have Linux installed on them, the machines that run the "practice
> management" software run Windows. The software is Windows only, there are
> 3 or 4 of these machines in each office that connect to a server with a
> centralized DB via VPN. It is a shame that the software won't run on
> Linux. So Windows will still be used for most work being done. The
> isolation of these machines from the internet is a MUST since they have
> all of the patient data and billing/financial data for each location.
> I still consider making this change to Linux as a major accomplishment.
> These are VERY professional Eye Doctors. They are outstanding in their
> fields, but they aren't the most computer literate bunch of folks. They
> feel comfortable with Windows, because that is what they know. Getting
> them to make this change was no small task. It isn't surprising that the
> decision was made due to the inherint insecurity of Windows.
> I find it amusing to no end that the biggest reason to switch to Linux
> is brought on by the problems that plague Windows. In this instance,
> Windows itself played the Linux advocate.
Any migration takes time. The old 'cycle' of software needs to gather some
mold and erode in due time. If the doctors find happiness in Linux (which I
am convinced they will), then next time they purchase software, it will be
Intersting that you mentioned eye doctors. I gave a talk on data recovery and
computer security to some eye doctors several months back . Guess why
they requested the talk on these topics?
 http://www.schestowitz.com/Speaking/2005/September/Security/ (XHTML/CSS)
As one last thing: I did not neglect to encourage them to ditch Windows.