Odds

Fear is a strong motivator. It makes people stop, look and listen. It makes people get out of the way of trains and buses. It’s the same in IT. I’ve often said FLOSS and GNU/Linux are the right ways to do IT for good reasons but there are still those who claim there are evils which make that impossible. Not so, according to Admire Moyo in South Africa.
“Adopting open source software (OSS) is not risky. In fact, not adopting it is a much bigger risk.”

see Open source defies odds | ITWeb.

Thanks to R.C. for supplying this link.

He’s right, of course. The flexibility, low cost, and performance of Free/Libre Open Source Software is too great an asset to leave to your competitors whether you are an individual or a huge business. Even if you don’t like to compete, you can get the best value from your investment in IT using FLOSS. Big businesses and techies figured that out long ago. It has taken nearly a decade for the rest of us to catch on but it’s happening. All the OEMs are shipping tons of GNU/Linux servers and desktops/notebooks and many are shipping many more tablets, smartphones and all kinds of intelligent gadgets.

Some people fear change but changing for the better is nothing to fear. It’s something to embrace like a spouse or a newborn.

If FLOSS is still a new concept for you here is a brief reading-list:

So, fear not. Cross the stream. Climb the hill. The view is worth it.

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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8 Responses to Odds

  1. bw says:

    That is entirely the right order of magnitude for professional organizations

    That is totally insane and I would think that you would know that. The “TFA” as you put it says that, starting in 2004 up to now they have migrated 5000 workstations to Ubuntu, which seems to be par for the course if you look at Munich which was proceeding at about the same pace. Due to that migration process, they say they have saved 50 million euros so far, which is 10,000 per workstation which is ridiculous.

    Unless, of course, the French police are really as inept as they are depicted in the movies. I would think that they are not really that stupid, so the article is baloney, BS, hogwash, or similar.

    Look to the SEC filings from Microsoft to periodically show you how they are actually doing. Nothing else really matters, true or false, other than the score at the end of the day.

  2. bw wrote, “Maybe that fools the Frenchman in the street, but not anyone else.”

    TFA: “At the current stage of the migration, it has adopted Ubuntu on 5,000 workstations. Based on the success of this pilot migration, it plans to move forward and switch a total of 15,000 workstations to Ubuntu by the end of the year. It aims to have the entire organization, and all 90,000 of its workstations, running the Linux distribution by 2015.”

    5000 workstations for five years at something like €1000 per annum is €25 million in maintenance alone. Then there are licences and servers… That is entirely the right order of magnitude for professional organizations using “state of the art” in M$’s OS. Obviously, they will do the right thing and go with the full migration as soon as possible.

  3. lpbbear says:

    “Baloney. You cannot selectively cite something that is available to all and get away with it.”

    The only person citing selectively is YOU by assuming they are talking about only 5000 workstations and then associating the 50 million savings to 5000 workstations by themselves. I know you can’t help it. MS click monkeys tend to think they deserve to be needed but once the OS is changed from MS to Linux MS click monkeys tend to be NOT needed since Linux workstations need far fewer support techs on staff to keep running. Its not just 5000 workstations, its all the other associated expenses that go along with 5000 Windows based workstations. Over 10 years that might easily amount to 50 million. But then you are clueless so keep spewing the party line. In any case its 50 million not going into Bill and Steve’s pockets. Too bad, soooo sad.

  4. oiaohm says:

    bw it does wash when you work out that they have so many workstations and every windows software forensic disc with Windows on it they have to pay a license for.

    France’s Gendarmerie first saving come from using Ubuntu Linux based forensic discs(yes livecd’s with specialist software). That is before the 5000 workstations.

    bw there is a link if I can find it detailing the break downs. Yes its in french. One of the savings can that in the forensic officers could down load a new image of the collection software at any time without issues.

    bw sections of every police force really should be Linux.

  5. bw says:

    Its not referring specifically to only the 5000 workstations but those and many other associated IT issues

    Baloney. You cannot selectively cite something that is available to all and get away with it. The post here and the cited article is all about savings with Linux, eh? The cited article says in total:

    Since 2004, he says that the Gendarmerie has saved up to �50 million on licensing and maintenance costs as a result of the migration strategy.”

    Maybe that fools the Frenchman in the street, but not anyone else.

  6. dougman says:

    Yes, this is why I can unequivocally say, “When Linux is installed on your computer, I should not have to touch it for a year. Even then, hardware willing, that machine will just keep on running and running and running and running, without a problem what so ever.

    I know one customer that ran their 1TB samba server for like 5 years without rebooting, it was up 24/7 on a UPS. The called me in complaint that their Windows box was being a nuisance and wanted something more reliable. The IT dude they had hired was VERY expensive, like by a factor of 10 of what I ask.

    For example, yearly re-licensing of just one computer with Windows and Microsoft Office could require a minimum upkeep of $133 — a Mac with Office, at least $132 each — a basic Windows server, $348 each, and if UMass Boston is running any database servers, well over $1000 each.

    So yes, Linux just works reliably and saves you money. Why are trolls so against saving someone money?

  7. lpbbear says:

    The article is probably referring to the following:

    “the Gendarmerie has been able to reduced its annual IT budget by 70 percent without having to reduce its capabilities”

    and

    “Since 2004, he says that the Gendarmerie has saved up to 50 million on licensing and maintenance costs”

    Its not referring specifically to only the 5000 workstations but those and many other associated IT issues. Since its been almost a decade it seems to be a fairly reasonable number. And in a couple years they won’t need your favorite company. Too bad…..sooooo sad.

  8. bw says:

    Something doesn’t wash here. The article says:

    “At the current stage of the migration, it has adopted Ubuntu on 5,000 workstations…has saved up to �50 million on licensing and maintenance costs ”

    Now that is a savings of some 10,000 euros on each workstation converted and not even Inspector Jacques Clouseau would fail to smell a rat in those figures. Certainly the Gendarmerie would wish to toot their horn and show the taxpayers how frugal they are with the people’s purse, but this is beyond the pale.

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