[ubuntu-uk] Ubuntu Advocacy [Scanned]
AMitchell at dsc.org.uk
Fri Mar 10 14:42:34 GMT 2006
I'll investigate those links
I did attend a short (1 hour) session at last years Charityfair that was
billed as an introduction to Linux for the voluntary sector - and used
Ubuntu as it's example. I enjoyed the session, but it was a bit vague -
with plenty of enthusiasm, but not a lot of organisation.
I do use Firefox, and have persuaded some of our users to use it too -
but once again there are a few critical functions that only work in IE.
I really think that if some core group/activity could be established it
could go a long way.
From: john levin [mailto:john at technolalia.org]
Sent: 10 March 2006 14:19
To: British Ubuntu Talk
Subject: Re: [ubuntu-uk] Ubuntu Advocacy [Scanned]
Adrian Mitchell wrote:
> I'm looking for suggestions about spreading the use of Ubuntu.
> I'm very impressed with Ubuntu and I would like to do my best to
> encourage the UK Voluntary Sector to make more use of FOSS - and
> in particular.
> Trouble is, other than fairly casual conversations, I'm not sure of
> best way of doing this.
> Has anybody got any ideas?
> It seems to me that the voluntary sector and FOSS are a perfect match.
> In fact I'd go as far as saying that the voluntary sector could be a
> significant driving force in the wider acceptance of FOSS.
> Unfortunately even here Windows is ubiquitous - and even where
> organisations might be prepared to switch to Linux there are problems
> with knowledge/skills (particularly with regards to multi-platform
> networks and network admin/security issues) - but also problems with
> fact that a lot of 3rd party/custom/proprietry software being used
> within these organisations only runs on Windows.
> Presumably the only way to put pressure on these software developers
> for more people to use Linux - but we have a catch 22 since they (will
> say they) can't use Linux with their existing software.
> The charity that I work for has this problem - both our central
> database, and our websites currently only run on MS SQL and use .Net.
> Is there a simple way of getting around this?
> Adrian Mitchell
My feeling is that there are quite a lot of small initiatives for
bringing FLOSS into the voluntary sector (and public sector), spread all
round the country. An example of a complete (and cheap) linux (Red Hat
and LTSP in this case) solution:
For national co-ordination, there's the social source events:
http://www.socialsource.org.uk/ (Don't know what the current status is
with that; the site doesn't seem
to have been updated since November last year.)
As far as Ubuntu specifically, I don't know of any deployments in the
Vol/NGO sector in the UK.
My hunch is that the way to spread FLOSS is start with Firefox, so
people don't have to jump straight into a new OS, but can see the
benefits of free software quickly and in practice. Start with the
(Canonical-supported) Open Cd:
which comes with a cut-down version of Ubuntu Live.
If there are enough people on this list involved in the voluntary
sector, it could be worth starting an Ubuntu-for-Orgs.uk initiative, to
promote and support orgs wanting to use FLOSS.
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