From Canada’s Recent Speech From The Throne

This is the announcement of the intentions of the government for the coming session. I looked for anything related to firearms and information technology. No joy, except they promise to revoke one regulation for every new one they invent… On IT there was this:
“we will make government more efficient and responsive to Canadians — by, for example, moving from 63 different email systems to one”

see Journals, 140 (February 27, 2013).

Hmmm… I don’t see that the number of e-mail systems has anything to do with responsiveness to citizens and one big system might be a lot more costly than a smaller number than 63… like 5, for instance. 5 might mean servers closer to any particular Canadian. One however, might be on a very congested part of the web. Bigger systems might not be more cost-effective than a few smaller systems if they have to run on mainframes or some awful hardware or software to work. We know small is beautiful with GNU/Linux and one guy anywhere can manage that number of GNU/Linux servers and still have a day-job. I hope this isn’t a make-work project for M$ or its “partners”. I’m not sure we want any USAian cloudy service either. We’ll have to wait and see. We’ve told them we love FLOSS already.

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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