Texas to Vista: See Y'all

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From the land that brought you George W. Bush comes this news: The Texas Senate has overwhelmingly passed a budget that includes a provision that bans Vista being used by the Texas government.

The Texas Senate voted 26-5 to pass the two-year $182.2 billion budget, which included a rider that would ban government agencies from upgrading to Vista unless the agencies get written consent from the legislature.

According to Computerworld, the rider was tacked on by Senator Juan Hinojosa, a Democrat from Allen, who proposed it because "of the many problems reported with Vista." Computerworld quotes him as adding:

"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."

Hinojosa apparently hasn't even used Vista, according to PC World, but that didn't stop him from managing to get the rider into the budget. Ignorance, after all, is no hindrance to political fortune --- given recent past experience with a certain well-known former Texas governor, it may even be an asset.

Vista is already being used widely in the Texas state government. According to Computerworld:

44 state agencies have already spent a total of $6.1 million to upgrade to Vista in the last several years. They range from a low of $122 spent by the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying to $1.6 million spent by the Health and Human Services Commission.

The budget still has to be acted on by the House and as usual, there will have to be wrangling and horse-trading over its final form. It's not clear whether the rider will stay intact. This isn't the first time the Longhorn State has targeted Microsoft; Computerworld notes that

If the Vista ban ends up passing, Texas will join Cuba on an anti-Microsoft bandwagon. Cuba recently announced that it will try to rid the Cuban government of any Microsoft product. Texas and Cuba --- talk about strange bedfellows.

This story, "Texas to Vista: See Y'all" was originally published by Computerworld.

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