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I guess I'm not surprised that state government doesn't want to be innovative, but this from the 2008 plans just struck me as going backward:
in the light of this...
It's probably because a lot of the hardware is not able to handle Vista's requirements... and Vista has had some bad PR. But quite honestly, I have a 4-year old 2GHz computer with XP that runs like an old horse drawn wagon compared with my Vista laptop. The problem is, by the time you've loaded the 3 "service packs" on top of the base XP load, you've choked the system anyway.
My personal experience with Vista has been extremely satisfactory... and that is running Office 2007, Dreamweaver, Macromedia Fireworks, among other applications. It just doesn't break like seven-year old XP used to.Besides, just how old are some of those operating systems the state is using? Those computers can't be much more than paperweights at this point.
Perhaps it is time, if not being done already, for state governments to work with computer and software experts from state universities [that get $1.8 billion in state aid] and major suppliers such as Microsoft to figure out how to make "government more cost effective and efficient," as the goal states. Otherwise, there will be another budget line item in a couple of years to upgrade computer operating systems to Vista.