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Of the 'Big Three' operating systems, which are in regular use at your office? In this poll, 'Unix' represents any Unix variant, other than OS X...

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Mac OS only! 404 (19.02%)
Mac + Windows 482 (22.69%)
Mac + Unix 200 (9.42%)
Mac + Windows + Unix 508 (23.92%)
Mac + something else 4 (0.19%)
Windows only 256 (12.05%)
Unix only 27 (1.27%)
Windows + Unix 243 (11.44%)
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Office worker
Authored by: viktaur on May 03, '05 01:35:06AM

True office. Store support center for grocery store.
Most of the office uses Windows. The group that actually puts the ad together uses Macs. (And I want some of their machines so much.)



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Work in a school
Authored by: masjones on May 03, '05 05:02:41PM

I work in a school and my district stopped supporting Macs because "The students will use Windows in the real world, so they need to learn how to use it." I am all alone in the wilderness.



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Mac+Win+*nix+M/F
Authored by: mmulhern on May 03, '05 05:19:52PM

Out of about 1200 users on-site, there are roughly a dozen Mac users, a handfull of *nix boxes (not servers) and a goodly number of mainframe support staff.

. . . . and of course the other 98% on W2K/XP (less said about them the better).



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Work and College
Authored by: inemo on May 04, '05 07:41:06PM

At college there are only two of us with laptops (I have a 12" powerbook and the other guy a 14" iBook.) The college network is 100% windows XP, but running on a w2k server. Its also only locked down to pc's, for some reason macs have unlimited access to staff server data. We can also reconfigure the printers remotely.

At work (pie factory) we use windows 98 running inhouse booking software. The servers are Unix though. Not sure what flavour.



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Haughtiness of Windows admins
Authored by: gabester on May 05, '05 12:32:15AM

It's illustratively ironic that, for all their so-called security measures and the clearly identifiable security issues, Windows "admins" are often so clueless about actually setting up their systems. For instance, they think that, just because Microsoft taught them while they were studying for their MCSEs, that running all your printers through a Windows Server print queue, you're guaranteeing that all PCs authenticating against the domain will have to utilize those queues. They never think to ask the question, "how does the Windows Server then access the print queue??" Whaddaya mean, those Macs/Linux boxen/hacker machines don't autheticate against my domain??



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Authored by: Netzach on May 05, '05 06:46:52AM
Why no "I don't work!" option? ;-D

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//Intelligence has it's boundaries, but stupidity is unlimited.

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Slashdot Culture Assimilation?
Authored by: robophilosopher on May 06, '05 04:52:00PM

You forgot "insensitive clod" :-)



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Computer Science department - Mostly Unix
Authored by: PeteVerdon on May 07, '05 07:15:10PM

Used to be half Suns and half Linux, but the quirky old Sun machines with the nice keyboards have been taken away and replaced with boring homogenous Linux boxes. There's still a few big Sun servers churning away, including the one that I use for remote logins, but they're apparently due to be replaced to turn us into a pure-penguin shop.

The secretaries have Macs.

The swipe-card door access apparently runs on a 486 with Windows, but I'm ignoring that.

Pete



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Computer Science department - Mostly Unix
Authored by: inemo on May 10, '05 05:57:51AM

It is secure to run the swipe card on windows?

What happens if it gets a virus or hacked...



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Computer Science department - Mostly Unix
Authored by: PeteVerdon on May 10, '05 08:49:39AM

I assume that the door-access machine is not connected to the network. There's no reason that it should be, and an air-gap is the best anti-virus of all.

Even if it were connected, cracking attempts and virus attacks from outside the department are highly unlikely to work, since we're behind rather more than a PC World home DSL router here. Plus, and this is the most important factor, there are no other Windows machines in the department to take part in their usual incestuous exchange of viruses, hence avoiding what Douglas Henke describes as the "fatal error of setting up a network where one WormOS box can route packets to another without severely restrictive filtering (implemented on something written by grown-ups) in between."

Pete



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CS Department
Authored by: stewarsh on May 08, '05 11:39:07PM
We recently went thru some major upgrades in my Comp Sci department. Fortunately due to cost/performance/TOC we introduced several Macs to the replace aging UNIX(Solaris) workstations and servers. Our main Sun server is being replaced by an XServe and XServe RAID, desktop Suns are iMacs or PowerBooks. We have added lots of PCs to replace our computer labs. We're actually eleminating Linux simply because it's too annoying to manage and with the Apple and Sun server, we get a real UNIX that students can use and learn on.

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Mostly Mac
Authored by: tonyo on May 11, '05 02:20:04PM

13 Macs, 3 peecees in the office. And one of the PC's is the FedEx shipping machine running Win2K.

We'd have none but for:

* Quickbooks for Mac apparently lacks some payroll features the Bookeeper needs
* We do cross platform Filemaker development and need a PC laptop to make runtimes on (and sometimes rent to clients).

All macs are running Panther or Panther server. We'll switch in August after the first few runs of patches for Tiger and Adobe CS are on the books.



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