If I were a user of the Enterprise software (the old PeopleSoft product), I would have little reason to trust Larry Ellison ("Ellison Tries To Allay PeopleSoft Customers' Fears," Dec. 9, 2004). As a user of the EnterpriseOne and World products, I have no reason to believe that he will treat my software as a viable product that he will support and enhance. My fear (shared by many in the J.D. Edwards community) is that we'll lose the software that we've used for years.
Business Systems Supervisor, Durr Industries, Plymouth, Mich.
Too Good To Be True
In the story, "Did Ukrainian Unrest Disrupt Offshore Work?" (Dec. 6, 2004), you wrote that Brandon Carson was "anxious to tap the firm's $5-an-hour database engineer," but because of unrest in that area he was unable to reach him for several days and project work stopped.
The old axiom "you get what you pay for" comes to mind.
Owner, Mister Geek, Cooper City, Fla.
No Linux Crystal Ball
John Foley wants Linux to come up with a three-year plan that would be as reliable regarding features and deadlines as are Microsoft's plans ("The Linux Kernel's Fuzzy Future," Dec. 6, 2004).
Three years is a very long time in the computer world. Life would be easier if we could accurately predict what will happen in the future, but experience has shown that anyone who claims to be able to do that is just blowing smoke.
Besides, if you need something that's not under development, you have the option of funding an effort to make it happen. Try that with Microsoft products!
President, Airflow Sciences Corp., Livonia, Mich.
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