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 18.104.22.168+. 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!