No Longing for Longhorn

bq.Should you buy Longhorn? Consumers buying new PCs probably won’t have much choice. Windows XP will likely stick around longer for corporate customers, but it’ll eventually be phased out. – “John Clyman(Microsoft Unleashes Longhorn)”:,1895,1836619,00.asp I am not so sure about that.
bq.Windows 2000 remains the dominant desktop operating system in corporate IT, but it could be overtaken by the end of the year as larger organizations update their PC inventory, according to a new report by AssetMetrix Research Labs. AssetMetrix released a report Tuesday showing that Windows 2000 installations have declined by only four percentage points to 48 percent of existing installations in the first quarter of 2005, down from 52 percent in the fourth quarter of 2003. – “John Pallatto(XP May Catch Up to Win 2000 by Year’s End)”:,1895,1828240,00.asp We still run Windows 2000 on most of the hardware around here because of the generous licensing we were offered years ago by the Gates Foundation and the fact that a lot of the stations neither require nor would run XP well. I would bet most corporations still feel the same way. I think our focus will be more on having our stations “run Windows 2000 reliably(Recycle that old computer with Win 2000)”: than on the features in Longhorn that we simply don’t need.

Posted by Michael K Pate

Michael K. Pate tends to spend a great deal time of time around computers. He has been a Librarian since 1997. Michael was born in Avon Park, Florida in 1966. Except for a couple of brief periods in his life (once in Tampa and once in Winter Haven/Haines City), he has been a life-long resident. Originally, he planned on a career as a Computer Programmer and therefore graduate from Webber College with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in 1988. However, unhappy with career opportunities at the time, he soon returned to school and received a BS in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida. He began his career in education at Avon Elementary and later Avon Park Middle working as a Computer Lab Coordinator. While technological challenges were interesting, he found himself more and more interested in becoming a Media Specialist. He began work on his MLS in 1995. However, a summer internship at the Sebring Public Library in 1996 soon made him reconsider just what his career should be. Upon graduation in 1997, he secured a position as a Media Specialist at Eastside Elementary in Haines City. Eventually, the position he was looking for opened up and he returned to SPL as Reference Librarian in 1999. In 2003, he became Assistant Director of the Highlands County Library System, serving in that role until the position was eliminated during a late round of budget cuts in 2010. Since then, he has been the Computer Support Specialist for the Heartland Library Cooperative. In 2011, he began serving on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.