Government of Canada Enters 21st Century

I was poking around a GC site when I found that “Linux” was a supported OS. Not only that but they supported Fedora Core 8 or Ubuntu 7.1 and FireFox I had none of those (Ubuntu 7.1 should probably be Ubuntu 7.10) but Debian GNU/Linux, the current version, Squeeze, worked just fine.

Anyway, I found out when my Employment Insurance will run out (soon) and how much my monthly Canada Pension will be (not much). Decision time… 8-0. I guess I should apply for the pension now rather than waiting until I will be older since there’s not likely to be much more income.

It’s good that the Government of Canada now recognized GNU/Linux. I expect gradually they will be more open to FLOSS in all ways. If the OS works with their system there is little reason not to adopt GNU/Linux internally. I know the taxpayers would appreciate it. The GC has 333K (and counting) employees. That’s a lot of PCs. If they change them every 5 years, that’s 60K PCs per year at $300, say, in software licences, $18 million per year. Then there are the servers… Hey! They are already using a lot of GNU/Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris!

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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5 Responses to Government of Canada Enters 21st Century

  1. Contrarian says:

    Where do you get the $300 figure, #pogson? You seem to pull these numbers out of thin air. I would expect that the Canadian government would have a volume license with Microsoft the same as most large companies. There is a single, lump-sum, negotiated payment that gives the company a license to use just about anything that they want to use on as many computers as they can gather together.

    My company did that and it was far smaller than the Canadian government. You get a few Microsoft gurus as dedicated resources, too. You can use as much Linux as you can stand, too, without affecting the price.

    Too bad about the UC cutoff. Down here it used to last for up to 99 weeks although the authorization for that law runs out at the end of the year and the Tea Party folk are loath to extend it, I think. In my state, the new governor is even more of a meanie than the new reps in Congress and is demanding that anyone on the dole accept any job that pays the same or more than the UC payments. Since that is right around the minimum wage, it seems that they can send an unemployed teach or IT admin out to paint stripes on the parking lot for 40 hours a week rather than letting them sit at home sending out resumes or going to rare job interviews.

    Civilization is but a thin veneer on a revengeful and stingy core, I think.

  2. oiaohm says:

    Yes Redhat desktop is a different price to Redhat Server Ivan. $300 dollars for the same support level as windows is a redhat Self-support Subscription of some kind. In fact Redhat Self-support Subscription provides more support than windows volume or oem copies.

    49 to 179. Per box. Please note workstation the more expensive one is basically like Windows ultimate. You don’t need it for most business usage. In fact here is the joke. Workstation and desktop can be configured to be each other. You can upgrade a 49 dollar subscription machine to $299 workstation standard support no issues.

    So roughly 3 million vs 18 million for a paid for redhat solution of equal support level.

    In the Linux world if you are paying 300 dollar per box per year you expect phone support and web support at least inside business hours. If the support contract is really nice for 300 dollars you expect that the company will send a staff member on site if something goes majorly wrong. Like an linux worm infection or something else nasty to secuirty.

    Basically for 18 million you would be expecting phone and web support for anything that happens.

    Issue here Linux world expects a lot more for their dollar.

    Ivan what did you do to get to the 99 million number. Put Premium? on everything. Remember Premium is 24/7 support. That is why it expensive.

    There is a reason why I don’t just run redhat on everything. Its not cheep. gets the same results in a lot of cases.

  3. says:

    “Just think they could pay Red Hat $99.6 million(US) per year for their freedom. What a bargain!”

    18m saved on desktops, not servers.

    Ivan, I’m glad you’re not in charge of putting server OS on my desktop, because you know, that wouldn’t be much of a bargain.

    that and RP is a proponent of debian on desktop. so I’m not sure who that comment is directed at.

    Also note that in RP’s link above, GC uses a lot of server OS you don’t need to pay a license for. which is good. but they also open the coffers for sites like the RCMP. which is also good. When I’m brushing up on the latest gun laws, I don’t want a compromised IIS keeping me from seeing it.

    thanks for sharing.

  4. Ivan says:

    Just think they could pay Red Hat $99.6 million(US) per year for their freedom. What a bargain!

  5. twitter says:

    $18 million per year is a log of money that could go to useful staff or equipment. Congratulations for this small measure of independence.

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