So Alfred, what is lacking in Unix/ Linux, that your corporation is stuck with Microsoft ? Mainly compatibility issues between your Corp., and others ?
Nothing is lacking with Linux/Unix (we already know that).
I work for a large government owned corporation, which after multiple mergers has become large enough for the government to stipulate Windows only, which they have a contract with.
As a Comms Tech, I deal with lot's of UHF/digital/Spread Spectum and Micowave radios, including mobiles (not phones).
Add on top of that, PABX's, voicemail systems etc.
Just about all the vendors supply windows applications only to access and program their equipment.
So we are heavily tied into Windows...like it or not.
What I meant before is that I am just starting to see the newest equipment to show up with their own build in Web servers and Network ports, which makes them cross platform compatible.
Funny enough, one of the biggest problems I have seen over the years with Web access Comms equipment, are Java problems.
The Webserver on the device requires a specific Java version, which then clashes with your version installed on your Laptop.
Usually that Java on the devices is outdated, as the equipment might be 6~12 months old from day of manufacturer to the time we have purchased it, while your Laptop's version is the latest one, causing compatibility issues.
Back to the main topic:
Let's face it, the Desktop is slowly disappearing while the Laptop takes over.
I used to run multiple Servers (Linux) at home, using Desktops and the PC's were mainly Desktops as well.
Now the whole family is Laptops only.
Any Laptop you buy now will be Windows8 and the hardware will have the secure boot etc installed. (Unless you purchase an outdated version).
Now most of us that use Linux for a while either purchase or donate towards their chosen Distros.
This IS a serious issue, because if Users can't install Linux anymore, then donations will drop off and the popular distros will just disappear.
They might be done mainly by volunteers, but Internet access and Serve space is a true ongoing cost that somebody has to pay for.
So as quicker this can be resolved as better we all will be for it.
I would like my PCLinux back as dual boot, so that I can use it 95% of the time as I have always done.