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RE: [edlug] Killer Questions for Microsoft

It's great to hear that another UK government department has become web standards compliant.

So this was not a 'killer question for Microsoft' at last weeks debate either. I don't think any of the audience questions were 'killer' for either the IBM or Microsoft representative on the night, and on balance the Microsoft rep handled the audience questions better.

I wonder what the questions we would have liked to have asked are?

Mine is;

"I help manage a small company with 15 workstations and 5 customer/internal facing servers. I already use Linux of various distributions for my server activities. How is upgrading by 15 units of workstation hardware, plus Microsoft Windows XP and Office 2003 at approx £25k cap ex a more viable business proposition than staying with the same hardware and upgrading to say Novell/SuSE 9.1 at approx £1500 cap ex?" 


"Tell us more about IBM's rumoured plans to support Novell/SuSE Linux on the enterprise desktop."


-----Original Message-----
From:	owner-edlug@xxx.xxx.xxx on behalf of Patrick A Wallace
Sent:	Tue 30/03/2004 20:40
To:	edlug@xxx.xxx.xxx
Subject:	Re: [edlug] Killer Questions for Microsoft

On Wed, 24 Mar 2004 15:32:17 +0000
Andrew Veitch <andrew@xxx.xxx.xxx> wrote:

> Microsoft were paid 25 million pounds of taxpayers' cash to develop a
> government gateway but contrary to the e-Envoy's guidance it only allows
> Internet Explorer users to access government services. When will I as a
> non-Microsoft user be allowed to submit my tax return online or
> alternatively when will Microsoft refund the 25 million quid?

	I managed to submit a tax return using Galeon/Mozilla. 
>From the Inland Revenue help page :

Q. Which browsers can I use to access this website?

A. We recommend the following minimum browser and operating system combinations:

    * For Windows PC: Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01, Netscape Navigator 6.2.2, and Opera 6.01.
    * For Macintosh: Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.1, Netscape Navigator 6.2.2.
    * For Linux: Netscape Navigator 6.2.2.
    * For users with disabilities the following are recommended: For Windows PC: Jaws 3.7. Lynx 2.8.3.

  It looks like they have that problem sorted now.

Patrick A. Wallace, paw [at] rsc [dot] co [dot] uk
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