Will the Vista Migration Path Become the Road Less Traveled?

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| For instance, Meinhart sees an increasing amount of Linux in data centers.
| Historically, the monopoly is for Windows, he said. He also sees a rapid
| movement to the Mac in that space, noting that his own company, Kace, is 40
| percent non-Windows.
| [...]
| Cost is the primary driver in enterprise migration. Linux may have the
| advantage as a dedicated OS, noted Meinhart.
| "There is no light version of Windows. Linux doesn't work that way. That's
| why more modern data centers use Linux. Windows is not really an issue in the
| migration question," said Uberoi.



Dell warns of Vista upgrade challenges

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| Dell has taken the unusual step--for a PC vendor of its size--of
| toning down its sales pitch for Microsoft's Vista operating system
| and warning businesses of the migration challenges that lie ahead
| for them.


Dell casts doubts on Vista

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| Dell today revealed that it will restore the option to use Windows XP on
| some of its home systems, marking a potentially damaging blow to
| Microsoft's hopes for the newer Windows Vista.
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| While a popular request through the company's IdeaStorm website, the
| choice was substantially outnumbered by requests for pre-installed
| Linux, US-based technical support, and other features -- pointing to a
| larger general demand for the change. The turnaround may be a reflection of
| an overall backlash against Vista, observed IDC analyst Richard Shim.


Microsoft's OEM catch-22: XP still in the driver's seat

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| Much to Microsoft's chagrin, the "must wait for Service Pack 1" meme is also
| so firmly established that Vista uptake will continue to be soft among
| businesses for quite some time, certainly into early 2008 when we expect to
| see Vista's first service pack. Until then, Microsoft will not only have to
| keep marketing Vista to end users and IT shops, but it's beginning to look
| like the company will also need to pay increased attention to the happiness
| of OEMs whose help the company needs steering the S.S. Windows Vista out of
| the harbor.