US Economy

C. Ed Felt ed at
Sat Apr 9 21:34:02 MDT 2005

I am working currently for a startup VoIP company in Florida.  Every 
piece of software we use commercially and every server we have set up 
since starting this company from scratch has been open source.  Even 
commercial app we have bought (RHE is one example) is still open source 
at least.  But, as a desktop, Linux and other open source solutions can 
make it hard to deal with the business side of things.

Three reasons I have yet to move exclusively to Linux as my desktop (of 
course Unix, FreeBSD, Linux etc. rule as servers compared to Wind :-$ ws):

   1. Synchronizing Outlook Calendar, email etc. with my Pocket PC.  I
      live on it as a book reader, planner etc (save the trees :-) ).
   2. Reconfiguring wireless on my laptop every time I sit down on a new
      wireless network is not something I have time to do.
   3. This may seem trite (and it's hard to explain):
      I use a program in Windows called "canman".  It runs in my system
      tray.  Commands I commonly use, passwords, user names, little
      snippets of code, are all stored here.  To access a command I
      simply right click on the CanMan program in the system tray to
      selected my stored command, and viola, it is in my copy buffer,
      ready to use in the program I am working on or to post a command
      to the putty session I may be in.  I have tried and tested many
      different programs to find something similar, but all to no avail.

Any suggestions?


Ed Felt

tuxgirl at wrote:

>>How about providing some examples? Is there an example of a business who
>>was able to spend less on software thanks to F/OSS in such a manner that
>>they could afford other goods/services that they otherwise could not have?
>>Most IT budgets that I have seen go *up* year after year, not down, even
>>those that are using F/OSS.
>The past summer, I was an intern for the software development section
>run by a collection of large medical clinics.  There were a few times
>where one of my bosses/coworkers would come to me and ask if I knew of
>any Open-Source tools that could be used to accomplish a particular
>task, because either A) they wanted to do something, but didn't have the
>budget for that piece of software, B) they wanted to use a particular
>piece of software, but it was too buggy, or C) they were currently using
>a piece of software, but they had extremely high license fees, and they
>were looking for alternatives.  I'm not an OSS whiz, but I knew enough
>to help find replacements for a few things...  They may not be giving up
>their windoze platform yet, but they are seeing the need to add some
>more free software to the mix...
>While their IT budget was going up from year to year, they also had to
>do a lot more from year to year, and so they were still having to find
>places to cut prices...  
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