Death Of XP: Romania

“A former Romanian secretary of state, Constantin Teodorescu, is calling on the country’s public administrations to switch to Linux and other open source solutions. "The Romanian government should contact the budgetary heads at all public administrations and explain that they can switch everything to free software", he writes on his blog on Friday. "Let’s get this straight, and end this tragedy".”It’s kind of late but some people are just waking up to the fact that XP is not immortal… Some of them run the government in Romania. Advice from a guy who knows that governmnet inside and out could be quite influential.

In my experience, moving schools from XP to GNU/Linux, it’s easy, fast and reliable to make the switch. It just takes a focus on getting the job done. Think of all the tasks done with XP and figure out how to do them with GNU/Linux. A high percentage of those tasks are done with browser and office suite. In education, everything else is some utility like moving files or resizing images or playing music. None of those should lock anyone in to a dying OS. Just do it. I recommend converting on a weekend and fixing a few problems on Monday and you’re done. Folks are horrified by that but it works and everyone is motivated to get the job done ASAP, just what you need. Planning everything out and guaranteeing no failures is a huge waste of energy and probably not without failures anyway. Move the data. Raze and replace. Done.

I recommend Debian GNU/Linux because it’s been around a while and ~1000 volunteers and millions of users do most of the work. An administrator mostly has to run installers or copy files. It’s not like the wheel has to be reinvented each time. GNU/Linux lets your hardware do anything of which it is capable so one thing that’s sure is that there is a way to solve the problem with GNU/Linux while with XP you’re never going to know when the whole thing is about to fall down. Think about that. Avoid the nightmare. Go FLOSS.

See Ex-state secretary: Romania must move to Linux.

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 Death Of XP: Romania

  1. ram says:

    Some of the biggest hosting companies in the world are based in Romania — and they use Linux exclusively.

  2. dougman says:

    Save them from the Windows XP popups!

    LOL…first M$ fights popups, then now pushes them. MicroSh1t has been infiltrated with hypocrites!

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