No one gives one damn about efficient money use in IT

Having personally had my fun times with GCS IT on the issue of open-source, a meeting that was planned and scheduled by my friends at the Greensboro Linux User Group between RedHat and the City of Greensboro that ended nowhere, and my latest e-mail transactions between my wonderful City Councilwoman that represents myself….
I’ve decided:
No one in this city gives one damn about efficiency when it comes to money being used for Information Technology.


Why the hard stance? It’s been a long year. I have personally fought some very ugly battles to help break Weaver Academy out of the bureacracy of Microsoft driven wanna-be geeks. I had the support of the Business Council, the support of the school, the support of the students. Even so, that was not enough.
Everywhere else in the world, people are opening their eyes to uses of linux and how it could save some money if their IT staff used their brains a bit and hunkered down to get things working. The British government posted a study that a savings of up to 25% for software and hardware happens when using open-source.
My friends at Greensboro Linux User Group and other such are still going at it and trying to help any business willing to look into integrating open-source technologies.
Open your eyes, fair city of Greensboro. Embrace open-source and see the powers of academia bind with do-gooders, hobbyists, hackers and programmers around the world. Instead of throwing money at problems and hoping that they go away, why not actually solve the problem itself with the help of the masses of nerds and geeks.

  • Rob

    Now if GIMP could read the proprietary chunk Macromedia stuck in .PNG for Fireworks I’d switch to GIMP with GTK+ on my work WINXP box.
    Otherwise, I’m looking at a lot of work to make the Fireworks files compatible.
    See my employer, like GCS, doesn’t get (and actually forbades) the use of Opensource OSs.
    I think I could get away with desktop apps.

  • Rob

    Now if GIMP could read the proprietary chunk Macromedia stuck in .PNG for Fireworks I’d switch to GIMP with GTK+ on my work WINXP box.
    Otherwise, I’m looking at a lot of work to make the Fireworks files compatible.
    See my employer, like GCS, doesn’t get (and actually forbades) the use of Opensource OSs.
    I think I could get away with desktop apps.

  • That is very true. If it wasn’t for DRM type files, OSS would definitely be very worthwhile wouldn’t it.
    I’m glad that my employer doesn’t mind OSS at all. Encourages use of it in fact, as long as it gets the job done. That’s progressive thinking. Then again, my employer is also globalized. Perhaps local businesses should take that into account…

  • That is very true. If it wasn’t for DRM type files, OSS would definitely be very worthwhile wouldn’t it.
    I’m glad that my employer doesn’t mind OSS at all. Encourages use of it in fact, as long as it gets the job done. That’s progressive thinking. Then again, my employer is also globalized. Perhaps local businesses should take that into account…