Limerick Finds FLOSS Is The Right Way To Do IT

Chuckle. The naysayers still blather on but folks who actually dip their toes in the water or plunge right in““We gradually introduced new open source solutions over the past five years”, explains Mihai, “and discovered that we gained much more than saving costs.”
.Compared to proprietary solutions, free software is fast to implement, allowing the IT department an agile and immediate response to new or changing IT demands. “It is also a way for the city to support local ICT service providers”, he says. It explains why Limerick made the open approach a core principle for its government services model.”
find FLOSS is the right way to do IT. It’s flexible, fast, easy, cheap, and reliable. Just do it.

Another quote, sweet enough to bring tears to my eyes:
“Open source, open data and open standards allow a municipality to unlock a potential that has been chained by proprietary IT for far too long. It is the only serious enabler of digital transformation.”

Yes!

If you want to try FLOSS, a great place to start is the Debian organization. They package ~40K software packages of all kinds that work for you.

See Changing Limerick’s government services boosts open source.

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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11 Responses to Limerick Finds FLOSS Is The Right Way To Do IT

  1. oiaohm says:

    DrLoser the person who cannot read never fully reads anything they quote.

    http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/01/beleaguered-microsoft-posts-record-revenue-for-q2-2014/
    Nice cutting.
    D&C Licensing revenue was down six percent year on year, and gross margin was down three percent, dropping to $5.4 and $5.0 billion respectively.

    Office revenue to consumers was down a substantial 24 percent. Sixteen percent was attributed to the shift from perpetual licenses to Office 365 Home Premium subscriptions.
    Right Microsoft is losing market share in software licensing.

    D&C Licensing also incorporates both Windows Phone licensing and smartphone patent licensing. Microsoft did not break these out individually, but it did say that revenue was up year-on-year by 50 percent,
    Ok being a patent troll is paying.

    D&C Hardware revenue was up 68 percent to $4.7 billion, and gross margin was down 46 percent to $0.4 billion.
    Console sales are going ish. Until you wake up Microsoft let go a stack of staff from hardware development.

    Revenue was up 14 percent to $24.5 billion.

    Commercial Licensing revenue bit makes no sense saying
    Microsoft saying that business PC purchases were up for the third quarter in a row. Volume license copies of Windows require D&C Licensing + Commercial Licensing. So you cannot have 1 up and 1 down and have increasing new PC be in the mix. This is increasing sign of upgrading older systems.

    Commercial Other This is web services growth.

    Looking forward, Microsoft expects D&C Licensing of $4.1 to 4.3 billion, with business PCs continuing to grow, Pro continuing to sell well, but consumer PCs still struggling. D&C Hardware revenue is expected to be around $1.9 to 2.0 billion, and D&C Other revenue is expected to be around $1.8 billion.

    Commercial Licensing revenue is expected to be $10.4 to 10.6 billion, and Commercial Other revenue is predicted at $1.8 billion.

    Notice ss titanic here. Reducing D&C Licensing sooner or later equals no legal PC’s to place Windows volume licenses on.

    The $24.5 billion does not say Microsoft will remain a software company. Microsoft main income growths is as a service provider and a patent troll. Both Microsoft could service quite fine without Windows.

  2. DrLoser says:

    No, I take that Haiku imposition back. Far too limiting. Also, I have no wish to encourage you into pointless asides from Robert’s OP.

    How about a limerick, then?

  3. DrLoser says:

    However, I wish to be fair to the tinfoil-hatted one.

    It isn’t entirely clear to me how the subtraction of ClipArt from Microsoft Word might affect the bottom line. Nor do I entirely understand which particular one of those “thousand cuts” it represents.

    I await gnomic elucidation, oiaohm. Preferably in a Haiku composed in Anglo-Saxon.

    Nothing else will persuade me of your truthiness on this point, I am afraid.

  4. DrLoser says:

    Microsoft profit is not up due to increase sales.

    If I wanted to do this over and over again, oiaohm, I’d have taken a job as a stock-broker or something. But it would have driven me insane, and I am far too lazy to chase down the latest figures. Will 2014Q2 do for you?

    Revenue was up 14 percent to $24.5 billion, operating income was up 2.5 percent to $8.0 billion, and earnings per share was up four percent to $0.79. All comparisons are with the same quarter of the 2013 financial year.

    Revenue is not in any way affected by those “tricks” you refer to, oiaohm.

    Which is a shame, really, because if you added the savings on ClipArt licensing costs … the figure wouldn’t be $24.5 billion.

    It would be the markedly better $24.5 billion.

    (No, you didn’t read that wrong. No appreciable difference whatsoever.)

  5. DrLoser says:

    “I was marginally inclined to buy Microsoft Office In Teh Cloudz at $99 per year for five seats.
    “But then I realised that I no longer get ClipArt! Well, as you can imagine, that destroyed the entire deal for me!
    “I was going to replace M$O with LibreOffice, but everything else about LibreOffice sucks small round donkey bits. And the nearest equivalent to ClipArt is GiMP.
    “But I’m happy, happy, happy! Now, all I do for creating office documents is to draw a picture in purple crayon, stick it into my scanner, and use my handy FTP connection to a Linux Server relay in Manitoba.
    “Job done!”

  6. DrLoser says:

    Oh dear, oiaohm. Do you play bridge? I hope not, for your sake. Bridge has a very simple accountancy mechanism: above and below the line.

    Apparently you are so entirely clueless that you refer to this as “tricks.” Which, incidentally, is also a fundamental part of playing Bridge.

    Microsoft profit is not up due to increase sales. Microsoft profit is up due to reduced costs and other tricks.

    1) Oh dear, we don’t need to pay for ClipArt any more. It’s a trick!
    2) Oh dear, we have reduced the fabled “bloat” in our software and consequently do not need as many developers. (Note that this is yet another unproven oiaohm fantasy.) It’s a trick!
    3) Keep collecting those underpants, guys. Let’s beat the non-existent Linux competition to Free and Open Source Underpants! It’s a trick!
    4) LOSS!

    For a Walter Mitty type living in northern NSW, possibly.

    In real life … questionable at best.

  7. oiaohm says:

    wolfgang are you not following what Microsoft is doing to themselves.

    The process is called death by thousand cuts. Each small cut does not look like a Hazard but it is.

    Microsoft profit is not up due to increase sales. Microsoft profit is up due to reduced costs and other tricks. Take MS Office it will no longer come with Clipart so Microsoft does not have to pay for that clipart. Microsoft has also been reducing its development teams.

    Microsoft cannot keep cutting forever to cover up the market problems.

  8. wolfgang says:

    …2019…

    he has to wait 4 years? ach der traurigkeit! wolfgang willing to trade places even so, if only to get the 3,6 M€ cash in hand. how about you, dougman? what has your board of directors voted for you? would you trade?

    2019 probably still pretty safe for microsoft business, too. when München decide to change to linux, 12 years later still buying some windows software. windows stuck gute und enge as say businessmen.

  9. dougman says:

    *Rolls-Eyes* as with anything, you have the story and then the REAL story as shown below. By 2019, M$ could be an after-thought and cast aside for better IT based on decentralization, not controlled, regulated or governed by anyone.

    “A regulatory document filed Monday shows Nadella got a salary for the fiscal year that ended June 30 of $918,917 and a $3.6 million bonus. He also was given stock awards worth nearly $79.8 million but most of the payments will be made over several years…pay package includes a long-term performance-based stock award valued at $59.2 million. Nadella won’t receive any of that until 2019 and it will depend on the performance Microsoft’s stock relative to other companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index.”

  10. wolfgang says:

    of course that is not the only way. this guy found out that more customers means more bonus bucks.

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/technology/microsoft-shareholders-approve-dollar84-million-ceo-pay/ar-BBgiASf

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