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Texas Bans Vista From Government Agencies

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Posted April 3, 2009 - By Stephen Johnson

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The Texas state Senate doesn't seem very fond of Microsoft Vista. The recently drafted Texas state budget contains a provision that expressly forbids government agencies from "upgrading" to Microsoft's newest operating system without the written permission of the legislature.

"We are not in any way, shape or form trying to pick on Microsoft, but the problems with this particular [operating] system are known nationwide," Sen. Juan Hinojosa said during a Senate session on Wednesday. "The XP operating system is working very well."

"We're surprised that the Texas Senate Finance Committee adopted a rider which, in effect, singles out a specific corporation and product for unequal treatment," Microsoft said in a statement. "We hope as the budget continues to go through the process, this language will be removed."

If Microsoft was really mad at the state of Texas, they could forbid the state from using Windows at all. Can you imagine a bunch of career bureaucrats trying to do important state business on PCs running Linux? They would be begging Microsoft to install Vista! Or they'd switch over to Macs...

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