__/ [ NoStop ] on Wednesday 17 May 2006 05:36 \__
> On Tuesday 16 May 2006 04:05 am, Linonut had this to say in
>> After takin' a swig o' grog, Bobbie belched out this bit o' wisdom:
>>> small Java applet based on Entrust TruePass technology. At the time
>>> the Census application was developed, the version 7.1 of TruePass
>>> did not provide support for Linux.
>>> However, since the most recent upgrade, TruePass version 8, now
>>> includes Linux, Statistics Canada, in response to demand, has removed
>>> the restriction for Linux. This change takes effect May 13th, 2006.
>>> This broadened access to open-source users is available to those who
>>> have a valid browser and JVM. These minimum requirements are necessary
>>> in order to maintain the same level of data encryption with Public Key
>>> Infrastructure (PKI).
>>> With the addition of this new operating system, the capacity of the
>>> Census Help Line operators to respond to technical calls from open
>>> source users may be limited. However, we expect this will not be a
>>> major obstacle for the vast majority of these users.
>>> I've modified Dale's email address to avoid giving him the gift of
>>> spam. Anyways, I wasn't expecting the government to actually make any
>>> type of change, but they did. I can only hope that in the future they
>>> keep supporting the open source initative.
> Nothing cool at all about filling out the census online, no matter what
> platform you use. See... http://countmeout.ca for more info on why we
> shouldn't be doing it online.
This shows your inability to accept an inevitably drift to the
service-based paradigm. Even Gates, despite the inner-conflict, had the
nickel drop 6 months ago (too late). Everything is bound to go online. How
you manage the hardware locally is a separate matter altogether. Linux on
a stick (CD's are too slow, clumsy, and unreliable) may be the way to go.
You could even fit SuSE on a USB flash storage device. Pure network boot
would be hard if not impossible in this day and age.
Essentially, what you ans Microsoft wish to do is bound users in a box fi-
lled with software when an abundance of software is available all over the
world and bandwidth accommodates operations that are almost on par (speed-
wise) with standard buses. The user will not notice, the user won't mind.
Try Google Mail to get a clue.
Roy S. Schestowitz, Ph.D. Candidate (Medical Biophysics)
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