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A SWAT for all Vista’s exes who live in Texas

Submitted by on Friday, 3 April 2009 No Comment
From the state that could not resist wading into the evolution debate again comes a plan headed straight for the Legislative Micromanagement Hall of Fame.

Texas State Sen. Juan Hinojosa, concerned about reports of problems with Windows Vista, attached a rider to the state's $182.2 billion budget banning state agencies from buying to the operating system without written permission from the Legislature.

It's a good thing he's taking those decisions out of the hands of professionals trained to make them. And just in the nick of time, too, before the release of Windows 7 sometime this year - or maybe next - negates the need to worry about Vista.

I've never worked with Vista much - it's on the guys' computer, but other than typing in green and playing Guitar Hero, it's not used heavily enough to be a reliable test - so I'm not qualified to form an opinion on whether it's the non-compatible memory hog critics say it is.

Funny thing, though. Neither is Hinojosa, and he admits as much during an interview with the Austin American-Statesman. He's never used Vista.

When he was asked during that same interview if agencies were being pressured to upgrade, he responded only with vague concerns about purchasers falling for sales pitches.

I suppose there is a chance Texans are more naive than the rest of the country if they let their state school board get away with back-dooring intelligent design into textbooks despite court rulings that say "that shalt not be taught."

But I've known a fair number of IT folks in my time, and most will agree to upgrade software only when you pry the previous release out of their cold, dead hands. "You don't need it," they'll snarl. You could still be on Win 95 and that would be their response.

And I can't fathom why any business would upgrade its operating system en masse unless the upgrade is on a new computer.

Most of the Texas Vista purchases are in dribs and drabs, though some agencies did go whole hog. The health department, for example, spent $1.6 million on Vista - that IT department must love the dulcet tones of "oh, sh**" as large amounts of users struggle. Either that or new software the agency needed required Vista.

Here's a potential problem, though, with what Hinojosa wants to do. Several of the entries on the spreadsheet provided by the Houston Chronicle indicate that the Vista spending was part of an enterprise agreement. Basically, that means an organization "leases" the software for three years, and at the end of that time it owns the license. The business gets a deep discount plus automatic upgrades. But if you stop the subscription early - and Hinojosa's rider could do just that - you lose the license.

The next headline: Texas government rushes to Linux as Vista ban blows up.

Unfortunately, Hinojosa's brain storm already has jumped the pond and drawn attention of British bloggers.  Senator, please Stop Wasting America's Time before the idea spreads over here as well.

Copyright 2009 Debra Legg. All rights reserved.

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