[rescue] Sun is purple - not blue....
hamellr at gmail.com
Wed Mar 18 12:14:23 CDT 2009
gsm at mendelson.com wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 09:38:46AM -0700, Rick Hamell wrote:
>> If it could get Apple to realize that they need a lot of help in the
>> Enterprise, AND fix it it, I'd be all for that merger.
> The problem with that, IMHO, is that the people who buy computers for
> "the Enterprise" want to pay Dell prices (or less) not Apple.
> Jobs does not want to become just another "commodity PC" vendor.
I believe that the opposite is true. A lot of companies do want to buy
Apple hardware but try to avoid doing so because of the HUGE bugs Apple
is not willing to fix. LDAP integration is still a joke. NFS bugs
galore. Mail/iCal/Address Book still don't quite work right with
Exchange. Appletalk/Bonjour still exists and causes huge conflicts with
IP printing. IP Printing itself is unstable and hard to configure
although a huge part of that is also on the printer driver side itself.
Things like Adobe's continued reluctance to properly support OSX and
64bit hardware is yet another huge factor.
In previous employer, with 1000+ Macs, 25,000 PCs, and server
technologies from every single vendor in existence (I wish I was joking
about that, the server room looked like a used car lot with brands willy
nilly all over the place) our Apple Rep's continuous question was "What
can we do to get OS X on every desktop?" Our complaints and list of bugs
would be dutifully taken and never really addressed.
With Apple's overt goals of being an iPhone/iPod company that also sells
PC's, I think Jobs DOES want to be just another commodity PC vendor. If
he didn't he would push Adobe to fix their crap. He would give the
Enterprise division free reign to fix show stopping bugs that have
existed since the first version of OS X. He would have a more reasonable
OS rollout path instead of forced upgrades to the newest OS version
3-6 months after it's released so that companies who like to standardize
on one OS version for 2-3 years at a time.
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