Re: [Nolug] The Unix Desktop (was Re: If they're unreliable as heck... (was Re: [Nolug] someone's gotanaxe to grind...))

From: Ron Johnson <>
Date: Tue, 05 Aug 2008 14:39:14 -0500
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On 08/05/08 14:06, Dustin Puryear wrote:
> I don't understand what you mean by: 'Because the driver of cost is the
> number of "complete computers"?' What do you mean "complete computer"?
> You mean with a keyboard and monitor?

"Complete" as in "has a hard drive, and boots locally, so each PC
needs to be individually updated".

> "Required" as in "the company needed to support software which they
> needed to sell what they were selling so they could make a profit and
> pay people".. required. :)

Or... "new additional" as in, they just purchased new software which
only runs on Windows.

> Ron Johnson wrote:
>> On 08/05/08 13:35, Dustin Puryear wrote:
>>> Hardware was a factor, but not a big factor. It was more about
>>> management. Once you have more than a few machines the man-hours
>>> required to manage systems quickly becomes the most expensive element
>>> of IT. Specific to Windows, we saw that quite clearly as our support
>>> costs didn't rise very far at all even thought we were replacing
>>> green tubes with Windows TS servers and thin clients at several
>>> locations.
>> Because the driver of cost is the number of "complete computers"?
>>> In the end, I think we put around 100 or so thin clients in place and
>>> hired.. nobody. Yet we could offer the required functionality to our
>> "Required" as in "new additional"?

Ron Johnson, Jr.
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