I couldn't keep my mouth shut. So what's new about that?
When there are obvious things missing in an argument, it's ridiculous to let both parties continue without making them aware of this absence.
So it was with Texas Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa of McAllen Texas. He stood on the Senate floor and decried the use of Vista, pushing instead for the upgrade to Windows 7. Do they not know they have a choice in this?
They do now.
I read with interest your opposition to upgrading to Vista and instead favor an upgrade to Windows 7.
My name is Ken Starks and I am one of the most active Free Software advocates in the United States. Senator, the state of Texas is paying tens of millions of dollars a year to Microsoft when they have a free, virus-free and stable alternative at their fingertips, literally. Sir, let me pose a question. Why does the state of Texas insist on purchasing a product that proves to be more expensive to maintain than it does to purchase? Anti-virus software, defrag and registry fixers, malware protection...why? Why are we paying for software that demands we purchase other software in order for it to work? That is a question that I would honestly like answered.
I will tip my hat to the obvious influence of the powerful Microsoft Lobby. They have been there and gone, and their impact on State software purchases is obvious. I am curious to know if the dollar amounts we taxpayers spend on Microsoft software is available for public consumption. Again, Microsoft has lobbied you successfully. Entire nations, states and municipalities across the globe have switched to GNU/Linux and Free Software, yet the US remains the last bastion of Microsoft strength.
And Senator, the excuse that Linux is too hard to learn is incorrect. I hold Linux Learning Center meetings on a weekly basis with 10 and 12 year old kids. They are picking it up in 30 minutes or less. Should any of our House or Senate Members have problems with it, I am sure their parents would not mind dropping them off at the Capitol and giving them a hand.
I dunno...will it matter? Who knows. The Senator's email address is there for all to see. Maybe I don't need to be the only one letting the Senator know that he has choices.