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Re: [opensuse] LTS [WAS: City of Munich]
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On 2014-09-24 20:42, Per Jessen wrote:

As it is, upgrading from 11.4 to 13.1 is a bit difficult. In
fact, YaST wants to bail out and not do it.

You could do it in steps though. Works very well.

2 steps, means double work:

1 point against openSUSE for the Munich case :-P


On the other hand, a 4 year old operating system is obsolete.

I disagree. It may lack some of the latest functionality, but it's
by no means obsolete. (my desktop still on openSUSE 10.3 - I do
have some issues with openOffice interoperability now, but that's
all).

openOffice interoperability problem:

1 point against openSUSE for the Munich case :-P


Yes, I know that many people have been using XP for a very long
time. Many still do. But it is a maintenance/support nightmare.

We still use it privately for gaming - so far not much nightmare
except when manufacturers start cutting you off.

Private, aka internal usage, is no problem. Having to work in a
network of machines and people, with malware and targeted attacks, is
an issue.



I know that /we/ can use an operating system for 20 years. But /they/
can not. And should not. We are special people: geeks, IT
professionals, IT skilled amateurs... They are users, working for/at
a bureaucracy. Their training is different.

Maintaining a 4 year old Linux Desktop setup becomes problematic for
the IT personnel of almost any organization.

It is different for a Windows setup, because upgrading has an
important licensing cost, so they postpone it. When they finally do
it, the cost is probably much greater, because the effort needed
increases with the gap.

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Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 13.1 x86_64 "Bottle" at Telcontar)
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