@ various commentards ...
AndrueC writes:"..and yet you still feel the need to take a cheap shot at the opposition."
It's a cheap shot to point out that an alternate methodology can be better/cheaper/faster? And please note that I'm not "opposition", rather I'm "let's get this done as easily and smoothly as possible, given current technology".
"Fly away, penguin - this article is not for you."
Whilst I do use Linux for (most) of my internal installed desktops, the backend systems are nearly all BSD ... and the public-facing systems are pretty much all eComStation. More to the point, why do you want my to "fly away"? What are you afraid of?
It's not a matter of happier. It's a matter of just getting on with it. And what's with the assumed "she"? Grace Hopper is going to hit you right in the mouth when you get to the other side ...
@Rob Moir: "There really is nothing more tedious than an OS zealot."
Where, in mine, did I comment on my personal OS of choice?
"Except possibly one that adopts the patronising tones you seem to prefer."
Um-kay. Please note that I'm not an OS zealot. Why did you read that into mine? Are YOU an OS zealot? Am I putting a dent into your personal opinion?
"All hardware sucks and all software sucks, deal with it."
Agreed. In addition, all OSes suck, and all fanbois suck. And I'm a zealot?
"I'm glad that you've found a solution that works for you but one size doesn't fit all..."
Again, agreed. Am I still a zealot?
@Tathan Jones: "For better or worse, they want Office and IE and freecell"
All of which are far more trouble than they are worth, from both a business perspective and a sysadmin perspective. (You allow fucking GAMES on business computers? You are a part of the problem ...)
"You should be glad that MS are at least moving in the right direction."
Post proof or retract.