In Texas, apparently, the state government doesn’t like Windows Vista. In fact they dislike it so much that a State Senator has added a rider to the state budget that would require any state body, with the exception of schools, to have written authorization before buying Vista.
The rider, proposed by Juan Hinojosa, was adopted without objection, and the budget is expected to be passed this week.
Senator Hinojosa told the San Antonio News:
“We have a lot of problems with the Vista program.”
“It had a lot of bugs. It takes up a lot of memory. It’s not compatible with other equipment, and it’s supposed to be an upgrade from the XP program that is being used by state agencies, and it’s not.”
In response, Microsoft spokesperson Tonya Klause said:
“Microsoft has long demonstrated a sustained commitment to Texas, which is why this development is disappointing.”
“Given our daily work with government agencies and longstanding technology partnership, 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. We hope as the budget continues to go through the process this language will be removed.”
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