The MBTA uses Windows XP in its fancy new ticket kiosk machines. I rode the Red Line for several months last year to work and back and never saw a kiosk being serviced. Then, a few weeks ago I was exiting the Downtown Crossing T when I noticed a technician working on one of these machines. When I looked at the video display I noticed it was loading Windows XP. I stopped to watch but left after a minute. XP seemed to be having trouble booting :)
Why did the MBTA waste our money on super expensive, buggy, insecure software like XP? This is BOSTON, a city awash with Linux expertise. The MBTA could be saving thousands of dollars each year on licensing fees alone if it had chosen a Linux or BSD distribution. And it would be saving more money on service calls because XP is about twice as reliable as Windows95 ;)
This is more proof the MBTA is run by idiots.