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Letters To The Editor - April 14, 2003

If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It
Jennifer Maselli makes some interesting comments, and as someone who uses Linux on the desktop and has for the past two years, I would agree with much of what she says ("Linux Lags On The Desktop," April 7, p. 66).

Linux is well and truly ready for the desktops but for many businesses that have already forked out large amounts to Microsoft for software, switching would have little extra value. I did however think that Michael Prince's approach of encouraging new users to use Linux instead of Windows is a smart way to start the transitional process.

Ms. Maselli's closing comments that Microsoft's new version of Office would just make it harder for Linux on the desktop missed the main point that she had been making throughout the article--that people aren't changing their software because they software they use is already good enough. They may not be switching to Linux, but this doesn't mean they'll be jumping for Microsoft's latest expensive upgrade, especially if their current setup already works.

Rodd Clarkson
System Administrator, Redfish Bluefish, Ringwood East, Australia

Wi-Fi's Future Is Bright
The future of Wi-Fi is in location-based applications and PDAs ("Wireless Advice: Let's Get On With It," March 31, p. 6). For example, in an airport, I'd like to know how to get to my gate, look at the status of my flight, and check in--all on my PDA connected to the airport's Wi-Fi network.

Wi-Fi has potential, but it's not the solution to being always connected wirelessly. Other technology will solve this problem, and Wi-Fi will do what it does best: location-based network apps.
Al Hearn
President,, Marietta, Ga.

Question Of Quality
Microsoft might be the jack of all trades when it comes to software markets, but that doesn't excuse its ignorance of security flaws (".Net, The Second Time Around," March 31, p. 54).

You can build a bridge and expect it to last, but it depends on the materials' integrity. Don't cut corners with quality.
Joel Philip
CEO, GD Software, Anaheim, Calif.


  • In "The PC Factor" (April 7, p. 36), law firm Drinker Biddle & Reath bought 550 Hewlett-Packard N610 laptops.

  • In "Microsoft In Every Pot" (March 31, p. 45), Comcast Cable Communications and Charter Communications have agreed to bring to market Microsoft digital television software, though not necessarily Microsoft's interactive programming guide product.