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If you think of blocking it on Windows 7 workstations in your organization, you should take appropriate measures now ...
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Can't really imagine why anyone would block it.
Me neither Mike, but weird people is not an endangered species...;-)
Companies would block it if they have some program that is not certified to run on Windows 7 SP1. I used to work in regulated industries and if there wasn't a line item listing support for software X on OS Y with service pack Z then you could not install that service pack. Made upgrade time a real pain.
Most appropriate measures: Take all microsoft and apple products and throw them out the window; Install linux. All problems solved.
You get to support the receptionist when she has problems plugging up a thumb drive and mounting the filesystem then, +Alexander Hristov. Or the traveling VP who wants to hook his latest iDevice up. Or you get to find someone who makes specialized device drivers to run the $20k custom plotter that makes all the money for the company. I love and use linux myself, but saying throw all Apple and Microsoft operating systems out the window is simplistic at best and a dangerous attitude at worst.
+David Tower Or find accounting software that is certified compliant with GAAP so you can get your books audited and produce audited financial statements without your auditors demanding verified records of every transaction.  (There are actually a few such products that run on Linux platforms but they're way more expensive than the ones available for Windows.)  One of the big reasons I use Windows is so I can use Quickbooks.  There are no suitable accounting solutions for Linux for small business users (the best I've seen is barely suitable for balancing a personal checkbook and is utterly hopeless for doing the books for a small business); the only real option for such people is to use a SaaS cloud provider, and I'm frankly leery at the idea of putting my financials in the cloud like that.

Linux is a useful tool but most businesses these days can't run on Linux, because the domain-specific applications they need only exist in Windows (or rarely in OS X).  Typically, when I see someone spout the "throw out Windows" line I assume the person saying it has never actually worked in MIS for a real business, or at least not at a level that requires actually evaluating business needs and matching them up with available market solutions.
+David Tower if a manufacturers are stupid enough not to make drivers for linux that should be their problem. I've done it hundreds of times and it is 1000 times easier than other os. Apple and iThings are nothing more than a fashion accessories on the outside and nothing short of pure communism on the inside. And as someone who has first hand experience with what is happening in the background I can tell you that the data mining happening is beyond what you've ever imagined. They make CIA, FBA, KGB and Interpol combined look like a little white fluffy bunny. And on top of that anyone who makes software for them has the freedom to do the same. That used to be Microsoft 10 years ago but they were far more moderate with what they did. Those things alone makes throwing them out the window(or into hell) the best option. And that is way before we get to stability or reliability. Yes-devices and drivers-in my old job we had to make some fiscal printers work on linux. They didn't have drivers so we asked them for some documentation. 24 hours later we had the documentation and another 72 hours later everything was up and running. Yes, we had to send them back what we had made-fine by me and everybody else. We send them back the drivers. Now they have linux drivers for their printers on their website-the once I wrote. Nobody will ever say no to you if you are going to do something that will benefit them.
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