Converting a non-profit (was Looking for new business oportunities)

Che Guebeara cheguebeara at
Tue Feb 24 03:01:45 UTC 2009

The Kexi / SQLite3 combination on the desktop is pretty good, except for
converting MDB files... lol... (wonder what M$oft put in there eh?). I
have also played with SQLite3 and Python and it is pretty zippy with
plenty of potential, especially if you are looking at doing something
nifty like a db mailing list merge into Scribus using the Python
scripting api (on my list of things to do when I have more than 7
minutes free time in a single stretch...).  Remote nothing touches MySQL
imho, since it scripts easily and is pretty well bulletproof in a busy
production environment.


On Mon, 2009-02-23 at 16:18 -0700, Leslie Lewis wrote:

> I don't want to hijack an interesting conversation with my own issues,
> so I thought I'd start another thread.
> On Mon, Feb 23, 2009 at 12:38 PM, Robert Hodgins
> <ehodgins at> wrote:
>         IANAL, but if you are a part of an organization using illegal
>         stuff,
>         aren't you not perhaps guilty of something else, as well?
>         Here is an idea. Run away.
> It's hard being a volunteer with no power. I've done what I can, in
> writing (email, at least), to point out to them that they need to get
> legal; I have no power to do more, but I think my behind is covered. 
> The FOSS on Windows approach is one I'm working on. I've got them
> using Firefox; is installed on all their computers and
> I use it when I'm there, so if they want to use anything I do they
> have to use it, too (yes, I could save things in MS format, but then
> they wouldn't have to use OOo). They're still using MS Office, though.
> It's hard to get away from Excel and its macros.  I think they're
> hooked on Outlook for email, although they don't seem to be using any
> of the rest of it - maybe they could be converted to Thunderbird. 
> Biggest headache: They're about to get a (legal!) copy of FileMaker
> Pro, which runs okay for me in a VirtualBox XP window but would make
> Linux a hard sell  I don't know of a nice slick Linux database package
> - is there one? 
> Cheers, y'all
> Leslie
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