Linux Outlaws 303 – Disappointed!

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  • FiftyOneFifty is pimping
  • Kevin O’Brien says the call for papers for the Ohio Linux Fest in September is now open
  • Jason Lewis asked why we didn’t mention Debian as an alternative during our discussion of Ubuntu last week
  • Bill_in_the_box is listening to the show while driving through the US in his truck
  • RossLUG is meeting every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month
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  • Eddy enjoyed the last show and writes comparing the new Ubuntu direction to how Google develops Android

We had other emails this week from Brad Alexander and Barry Williams (aka BazzaWill).

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  1. Andreas Abendroth says:

    Congratulatons for your second place at the European Podcast Awards 2012! Maybe next time.
    To cheer you a little bit up: The DeimHart-Podcast (, a podcast about Linux, Open source, community and society, won the EPA Personality in Switzerland.

  2. Beeza says:

    I’ve worked as a contractor to UK government departments for several years. The chances of open source software actually being selected over proprietary at the moment is next to nil.

    Forget how much you pay for Windows or MS Office in PC World. Because it is such a major customer, the amount the government pays per seat is very small. Whenever the question of adopting open source comes up, the likes of Microsoft and Oracle have no problem making a convincing case that the “cost of change” outweighs the savings on the software costs.

    When you add to that the fact that the majority of civil service sys admins (in my experience at any rate) are of the generation that have only ever used Microsoft products since school, the odds are heavily stacked against the adoption of open source.

    You do find quite a lot of Linux/Unix use by government contractors, though not usually on the desktop. The tradition in government departments is to specify the use of certain software products when putting out tenders, to ensure “compatibility”. If the requirements were less prescriptive, then the door might open just a little to allow suppliers to show the benefits of open source. If you are waiting for the UK government, as the customer, to take the initiative, it will be a very long wait.

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