Stockton, California, USA: Bankruptcy and Information Technology

At the same time that Stockton, California teeters on the brink of bankruptcy the city is contemplating redoing their whole IT system for huge sums, of the same order of magnitude as their anticipated budgetary shortfall.

Assuming the local economy and Stockton’s accounts return to normality soon, I suggest they reflect seriously on their IT system and instead of merely bringing it up to date with Wintel, to look at using Debian GNU/Linux for their IT. Lock-in should not be an issue since they are currently using seriously obsolete hardware and software and they are for practical purposes buying a brand new system. Many organizations find GNU/Linux works very well in such “green field” situations. They can skip the Wintel treadmill altogether and jump right to web applications and thin clients.

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 Stockton, California, USA: Bankruptcy and Information Technology

  1. kozmcrae says:

    Ivan the blind wrote:

    “Congratulations, McDumbo, in your rush to disprove someone on the internet, you posted a link that has nothing to do with revenue for city government.”

    Well, I could post it again, but since you didn’t see it the first time I doubt if you’d see it a second time.

  2. Ivan says:

    Congratulations, McDumbo, in your rush to disprove someone on the internet, you posted a link that has nothing to do with revenue for city government.

  3. kozmcrae wrote of M$’s fans and lower costs of GNU/Linux, “cannot be denied by anyone”.

    Oh, it’s easy for the trolls to deny. They just press rewind and play on tape 34a.

  4. kozmcrae says:

    Ivan the simpleton wrote:

    “Cities in California are going bankrupt because they have ultra-low property taxes which they can’t legally raise to increase revenue without a ballot initiative, not because they use Windows and MS Office.”

    There is much more to the cost of living in a given state than just property taxes.

    There are:

    State Sales Tax

    Fuel Tax

    Auto Tax

    Cigarette Tax

    Personal Income Tax

    Property Taxes by County

    A look at the following site reveals the true cost of living in a given state. http://www.retirementliving.com/taxes-by-state

    “If all other things are equal, a state with a lower burden is a more attractive place to retire than a state with a higher one. To get a true sense of which state is less expensive, you need to look at state and local tax burdens. Only then do the low tax states stand out.”

    A report for the 50 largest cities in each of the 50 states calculates the overall tax burden.

    For the hypothetical family of 3 with an annual income of $25,000 Los Angeles ranks 22. Philadelphia at 1 is the most expensive.

    So Ivan is once again, over simplifying. There is much more to the cost of living in a particular state than just property taxes.

    Microsoft is most likely not the cause of states going bankrupt. But they are an excessive cost that can be replaced by a much reduced one. That has been proven many, many times and cannot be denied by anyone, especially by you.

  5. Ivan says:

    Cities in California are going bankrupt because they have ultra-low property taxes which they can’t legally raise to increase revenue without a ballot initiative, not because they use Windows and MS Office.

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