It used to be said that “no one was ever fired” for using that other OS, but that’s no longer true.“The new policy is meant to reduce IT costs. Should this fail, the region must resort to reduce its workforce, in order to balance the region’s budget. A second motivation is to strengthen the ICT companies in the region. "We are of course eager to promote the local IT sector. Our aim is to find areas and niches that can be covered by local IT enterprises with free and open source solutions. We are emphasising areas where we, as a regional administration, have special skills above and beyond IT."” The government of South Tyrol (a region of northern Italy), wanting to cut spending on non-Free software licences instead of positions, is “recommending” FLOSS. Good for them. No government owes M$ a living. No government should ever “agree” to M$ fiddling with their IT. No government should ever agree with arbitrary restrictions on software like not examining or copying it. FLOSS is the right way to do IT. South Tyrol recommends the whole European Community use FLOSS and open standards.
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- 2015 - Year of the GNU/Linux Desktop
- market share
- renewable energy
- small cheap computers
- smart phone
- Solo EV
- that other OS
- thin client
- thin clients
My MissionMy observations and opinions about IT are based on 40 years of use in science and technology and lately, in education. I like IT that is fast, cost-effective and reliable. My first use of GNU/Linux in 2001 was so remarkably better than what I had been using, I feel it is important work to share GNU/Linux with the world. Now that I'm retired I still use GNU/Linux on every computer in my home except the smartphones which run Android/Linux.
Lately, I've been giving lots of thought to the world I inherited and which I will leave to my descendants. I'm planting grass, trees, flowers and vegetables in my large lot and I've ordered a Solo EV. I plan to charge my Solo by means of a tracking solar array. Life is good if you have a purpose. I do.