[ubuntu-uk] local council

Rob Beard rob at esdelle.co.uk
Sat Feb 12 20:06:05 UTC 2011

On 12/02/11 19:46, alan c wrote:

> 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 Councillors awareness.
> 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.

That's interesting to hear, it's a shame the same can't be said for 
Devon County Council who are pretty much a Windows only shop.


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