Portuguese Government Wasting Money on non-Free Software

“Ansol specifically condemns the Banc of Portugal, two municipalities and two universities, of "macroscopic illegal procurement procedures". These public administrations recently published requests for specific brands and products, Ansol points out. "This is explicitly forbidden and prevents competition. These contests are not real competitions."”

see Portuguese advocacy group: 'Switch to free software to reduce public debt' | Joinup.

Yes. I can remember clashes between staff requesting purchases and the purchasing department… When you had a gizmo that needed a spare part they would “save money” by buying a square peg for a round hole. Sometimes you could specify “Do not substitute” or explain why you could not get three quotations but sometimes what was eventually delivered weeks after you wanted it would be quite a surprise.

For generic desktop and server OS and applications, there’s often no need for that other OS. I demonstrated that today when I was asked to record a webcast. This is not something I do routinely but I found the tools in my Debian GNU/Linux repository. I used gnome-sound-recorder, ffmpeg and sox to edit out the parts I did not need and e-mailed it as requested. I could also have done the job with audacity. With GNU/Linux you can do anything and it costs so little. Why use anything else?

I recommend Debian GNU/Linux for IT. It works.

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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2 Responses to Portuguese Government Wasting Money on non-Free Software

  1. kurkosdr wrote, “upgrades don’t break on Windows or OS X, compared to that statistically OtherOS (Linux)”

    If you use Debian GNU/Linux Stable upgrades won’t break for you either. I have been using their testing branch for months and it didn’t break anything either.

  2. kurkosdr says:

    “Why use anything else?”

    -Because upgrades don’t break on Windows or OS X, compared to that statistically OtherOS (Linux)

    -Because Windows or OS X are not based on X.org (the horror)

    -Because software that allows you to do things really well (Photoshop, Pinnacle Studio/Final Cut) is available only on Windows and OS X. Sure, on a purely theoretical level, there is Linux software that does “the same|, but practically, no. And Wine is a gamble (will my particular version, run?)

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