BBC News – Why companies must adopt the open source way

The BBC carries an opinion-piece recommending FLOSS for business. While the piece recommends FLOSS generally, the specific example given is Drupal, a web-content management tool. The same advantages apply to all the infrastructure of IT, not just servers and networks. FLOSS is the right way to do IT and should be used on client machines as well as servers. Far too many organizations neglect web applications and support huge overheads running particular applications on PCs when they could get better performance and lower costs running GNU/Linux and FLOSS apps on the server and GNU/Linux on the thin client.

“open source delivers innovative solutions to business problems, faster and cheaper.”

I recommend Debian GNU/Linux because it has a huge repository designed to work on client or server and easily maintained whether you have one or thousands of clients.

via BBC News – Why companies must adopt the open source way.

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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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6 Responses to BBC News – Why companies must adopt the open source way

  1. kozmcrae says:

    Ted wrote:

    “There are bad apples on both sides.”

    I could be considered a “bad apple”. But I wasn’t always that way. When I first came to this blog it was quiet and polite. Then, at some point, the Cult of Microsoft hoard descended upon it. Their manner and words were angry, arrogant, quite abusive and at times even libelous.

    Though not stated outright their motive was clear. Turn Robert Pogson’s blog into a cesspool. They failed but elements of that effort persist.

    People have different ways of dealing with blind hatred and skewed impenetrable logic. I don’t fault them for the way they deal with it. They can fault me any way they want. We have choices but choices aren’t made in a vacuum. There are conditions and you have yours, and I have mine.

  2. Ted wrote, “There are Linux advocates who will defame and smear their “enemies” and threaten the livelihoods and even the lives of people they disagree with.”

    Why characterise those people as “advocates”? They are criminals.

    Ted wrote, “the kind of useful advice like paving over Windows with Linux because of a minor and correctable problem?”

    There’s the nub. Particular problems with that other OS may be correctable but many are inherent in the design of that other OS, like phoning home, re-re-reboots, malware, sluggishness etc. Ordinary folks cannot fix those problems because the source is closed and because M$ has made people agree to an unconscionable EULA. That is why FLOSS is a better way to do IT.

  3. Ted says:

    “They come here angry, arrogant and not just a little off kilter. When one nym disappears it’s replaced by one that is more angry, more arrogant and crazy.”

    There are bad apples on both sides.

    There are Linux advocates who will defame and smear their “enemies” and threaten the livelihoods and even the lives of people they disagree with.

    http://www.oreillynet.com/linux/blog/2007/10/a_death_threat_from_a_puppy_li.html

    I’d provide more links, but the spam filter would probably eat the post.

    “Comcast forums is one place I offer up free advice, but the Wintards always decides to delete helpful information, as it does not fit into their myopic narrow view of IT, it’s sad really.”

    Do you mean the kind of useful advice like paving over Windows with Linux because of a minor and correctable problem?

  4. kozmcrae wrote, “the Cult of Microsoft believes it to be not moving at all, or worse, losing ground.”

    True, but there are the occasional reverses. Lately, I noticed Malaysia which has an official policy to promote FLOSS has ordered a million PCs running that other OS to give to students… One hand didn’t know what the other was doing, I suppose. Politician made an election promise but short-circuited the normal channels, I guess. India recently signed a deal with the devil too, but, inexorably, the share of FLOSS used on client/server/network keeps increasing. I think the world would be better off to switch within a few years but I can wait… In my experience the costs are minimized and the benefits are maximized to switch sooner rather than later. I think we are near a tipping point where a sufficient proportion of mankind knows it should be done and how to do it. It’s just the final decision/impulse that’s lacking. For the last several years many factors have come together to make this possible, not the least being the ubiquity of GNU/Linux on the web and Android/Linux on small cheap computers. The parts of IT that actually need that other OS in all roles are very few, despite what oldman and others say.

  5. dougman says:

    Re: I’ve noticed a change in people who come to this blog to defend the right to smear FLOSS day in and day out over the past couple of years. They come here angry, arrogant and not just a little off kilter. When one nym disappears it’s replaced by one that is more angry, more arrogant and crazy.

    That’s a very good observation, I have noticed the very same thing on countless other boards, and forums.

    Comcast forums is one place I offer up free advice, but the Wintards always decides to delete helpful information, as it does not fit into their myopic narrow view of IT, it’s sad really.

    “The open-minded see the truth in different things: the narrow-minded see only the differences.”

  6. kozmcrae says:

    Because the migration to FLOSS is apparently moving slowly, the Cult of Microsoft believes it to be not moving at all, or worse, losing ground. This belief is wishful thinking. Like the frog in the pan of water slowly getting hotter, they are unaware of how much of their thinking is being replaced with fantasy.

    I’ve noticed a change in people who come to this blog to defend the right to smear FLOSS day in and day out over the past couple of years. They come here angry, arrogant and not just a little off kilter. When one nym disappears it’s replaced by one that is more angry, more arrogant and crazy.

    Just an observation. If you think I’m talking to you, just reply in your normal voice. I’m sure that will settle any argument about who is right.

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