[ubuntu-uk] Has anybody seen this and what do you think......

J Fernyhough j.fernyhough at gmail.com
Wed Jul 31 23:38:23 UTC 2013

On 31 July 2013 22:03, Muñiz Piniella, Andrés <a75576 at alumni.tecnun.es> wrote:
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> Goverment has bigger contacts with huge service companies and those can
> still be broken.

I avoided commenting until now, but realistically any UK Government
contract is locked down to one of the normal "preferred bidders"
precisely due to its huge value. Whether Serco, Capita, G4S, PwC, ...,
a contract of any value will be handed out, I mean, put out for
procurement, to one of those companies that have ex-Ministers,
ex-advisers, and ex-officers on board (or on Board). It's the way
things have always been done - there was a piece highlighted from a
newspaper from (around) 1900 outlining concerns about a "revolving
door" between Whitehall and companies and interest groups.

It's bloody depressing - but on a lighter note, there are at least
some places trying. From Slashdot earlier today:

"Around a year ago, a school in the southeast of England, Westcliff
High School for Girls Academy (WHSG), began switching its
student-facing computers to Linux, with KDE providing the desktop
software. The school's Network Manager, Malcolm Moore, contacted us at
the time. Now, a year on, he got in touch again to let us know how he
and the students find life in a world without Windows." And they
didn't even meet much resistance: "Younger students accept it as
normal. Older students can be a little less flexible. There are still
a few that are of the view that I can get rid of Microsoft Word when I
can pry it from them. Staff are the same (although it is surprisingly
not age-related). Some are OK and some hate it. Having said that, an
equal number hate Windows 7 and nobody liked Windows 8. I think the
basic problem is that Windows XP is a victim of its own success. It
works fairly well from a user point of view, it's been around
practically forever, and people don't like change, even some students,


The answer seems to be to start local and not worry about global,
because global is never going to happen until all the local has
shifted (unless you're in Munich).


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