Sometimes I make mistakes. About two or three times an hour. For example, I always maintained that unlike Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, Satya Nadella, coming from a sector where Microsoft had strong competition, knew how to read the market. Nevertheless, we may be facing a new gaffe from Microsoft. And, this time Linux is in a position to take advantage of it.
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Windows 11 and business. There are problems in paradise
As I write this, Windows 11 is three days away. Nevertheless, half of the enterprise workstations seem not to meet Microsoft's hardware requirementst. And in a post-pandemic economy context (Plus the shortage of components) there doesn't seem to be much interest in upgrading equipment that works perfectly well.
Lansweeper is a digital asset management company that recently performed the survey that produced the result that I exposed above. Their data is based on 30 million computers used by 60 thousand organizationseg.
In case anyone supposes that we are facing a case similar to what counted Darkcrizt, I must clarify that Microsoft's decision leaves out pre-2019 teams, including some XNUMXth-gen Intel Core CPUs or XNUMXst-gen AMD Zen CPUs.
According to the study44,4% of the machines could meet the Windows 11 CPU requirements while 52,5% pass the Trusted Platform Module 2.0 requirement. Things are better with RAM (91,05%)
Remember that the hardware requirements for Windows 11 include at least 4 GB of memory and 64 GB of storage; You must have UEFI Secure Boot enabled and have a DirectX 12 or later compliant graphics card with a WDDM 2.0 driver. And, let's not forget about the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0.
The same requirements must be met if you want to use virtual machine platforms such as Microsoft HyperV, VMware, and Oracle VM Virtual Box.
In the case of virtual machines, the percentage of TPM support is negligible. Supported CPUs are 44,9% while only 66,4% have enough RAM
Regarding TPM, only 0.23% of all virtual workstations have TPM 2.0 enabled. And while this can be done, it requires a lot of work before you think about upgrading to Windows 11.
Of course, there are still 4 years of Windows 10 support left and a lot can happen. It should also be noted that Lansweeper is in the business of helping companies update their hardware and software, so we might well be skeptical of the numbers. However they sound credible.
The lustrum of Linux on the desktop (Corporate)
The truth is that so far Microsoft is unable to explain (as it happened with Windows 8) why someone should install Windows 11. Except for some cosmetic modifications and the still unfulfilled promise to allow the installation of Android applications, there is nothing to justify it. And, much less if we refer to the corporate market (Which would continue to use XP if they left it)
The quirk of requiring TPM 2 (Trusted Platform Module) can only be understood as an attempt to sell your devices. It is true that it is a physical security measure based on a chip that prevents malicious programs from making modifications. But, there does not seem to be a situation that implies forcing its use.
LInux distributions are in an unrivaled position to replace Windows 10 in 2025. Not only are there support programs such as those with Red Hat or Canonical for commercial support, but also the offer of workstations with Linux installed natively, has increased exponentially.
However, the big weak point is still the software. Although solutions such as LibreOffice and Blender have commercial support, there are still many areas where there are no competitive alternatives, and in the case of those that are, they do not have commercial support or their manuals and translations are incomplete.
The good thing is that this time it's up to us.