[ubuntu-uk] local council
aeclist at candt.waitrose.com
Sat Feb 12 19:46:16 UTC 2011
On 12/02/11 16:12, Alan Pope wrote:
> On 12 February 2011 16:06,<bodsda at googlemail.com> wrote:
>> Damn, if linux isn't for geeks, I'm gonna have to go Free-BSD
> Some people think Linux is for geeks and it should stay that way. I
> personally don't.
>> At least the bbc are talking about it. I work for local government IT, but my bosses won't give FOSS the time of day
> Where I work at the moment (an ~$18Bn company) they use Linux
> underneath the entire software stack which powers the business.
> Thousands of users around the world use (admittedly proprietary
> solutions) sat on top of Linux. I would not be surprised that local
> government IT projects trail behind this! Sad though it might be.
I contacted my local Councillors, about using FOSS, fo rgood financial
reasons....... and my heart sank when (she) innmmediately referred me
to th eIT manager, her non elected subordinate on grounfds od
ignorance. However, I was happily amazed to be invited to a tour of
the IT department and found that Bracknell use an overwhelming amount
of Suse Enterprise server, and are carefully aware of the non linux
apps they still depend upon, and plan for a future with thin clients.
I think they have been noted in the press as doing well etc
generally, but it does not hit local news, nor, apparently, the
Armed with my new knowledge I am recently in touch with my Councillor
to help make them aware that there is no real reason why they need to
stay with a paid-for OS on their corporate laptop. It may take a bit
more time of course.
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