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January 24, 2008

CRM company dumps M$, recommends fishing waders

by @ 5:01 pm. Filed under General Linux, Linux migrations, Linux News

I love the headline given by Tina Gasperson to a recent article of hers: “CRM company dumps Microsoft, remakes itself with LAMP.” That’s great. I might have said something like, “Etelos buries its foot further into Microsoft’s back end than expected, recommends chin-high fishing waders for other companies looking to do the same.”

Rather than trying to find a catchy quote from this article to pique your curiosity, I will just share a few of my favorite quotes, because frankly, it’s too hard to pick one best quote.

Danny Kolke, CTO and founder of Etelos said, “We quickly decided that because we wanted to distribute our product as a Web application, the Microsoft model was very expensive. To try and scale that infrastructure, with a per-CPU cost, and with the ASP pricing model, it would cost multiple hundreds of thousands of dollars. And we didn’t see that much value in [Microsoft’s] core stack.”

Multiple hundreds of thousands of dollars. It isn’t a Dodge Hennessey Viper Venom, people. It’s an operating system that runs on a computer. It’s development software. It doesn’t cure cancer (might cause it, you never know). And it doesn’t fill those duties all that well, anyway.

“What Kolke and his team found was that with the low cost of a LAMP stack composed of CentOS, Apache, MySQL, and PHP, they were able to produce a range of hosted CRM solutions that wasn’t possible on a Microsoft infrastructure. ‘Originally, we were intrigued by the pricing and distribution model [of open source] and then by the economics of developers in the community working on the code.’ The collaborative and cooperative nature of the open source community struck a pleasant chord with Kolke. ‘We were early users of the SOAP toolkit, and we had run into several walls with Microsoft where we had problems with it but couldn’t get clear answers on when they were going to resolve the issues. We got the “we know about it and we’ll get to it” answer. With the open source community, we found a lot more support, and with having access to the code base we could contribute fixes. So the support was a lot more appealing for us, along with the rapid development cycle.'” [emphasis added]

I love that he says that it wasn’t even possible on a M$ infrastructure. Why? Apparently, the software was buggy and they couldn’t get M$ to give them the time of day.

People are starting to realize that there are open source options available that are much more appealing. Why? The cost is much lower, you are not locked in to one organization’s way, and you are free to add functionality as you see fit. Where can your company use Linux?

Read “CRM company dumps Microsoft, remakes itself with LAMP”

OpenSUSE Build Service – now supporting Red Hat and CentOS

by @ 12:40 pm. Filed under General Linux, SUSE News

The OpenSUSE Build Service now builds packages not only for OpenSUSE, but also for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and CentOS, as well. Support was already in place for Ubuntu, Debian, and other Linux distributions. This means that we don’t have to fish around for packages that are only available for one distribution. My good buddy Michael Loeffler put it this way:

“As its name suggests, the openSUSE project is committed to choice and opposed to the exclusion of innovation simply because it may have originated in another project,” said Michael Loeffler, openSUSE product manager at Novell. “By adding support to build packages for CentOS and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the openSUSE Build Service makes it even easier to build packages across multiple Linux distributions, thus further enabling innovative ideas to spread quickly throughout the free and open source software community. As we seek to streamline and improve collaboration between all Linux developers, the openSUSE Build Service continues to innovate and improve the way packages are built by providing a common framework that works with any Linux distribution.â€? source

I think that it is pretty obvious about the major benefits such developments provide to the community.

My question is: How does this relate to the Novell / Microsoft partnership? What, if anything, will occur here because of that controversial relationship between the two companies? Yes, the Build Service allows open source to spread faster, which is spectacular. But is this effort coming because of the M$ deal? Or are they doing it to spite the ‘softies? I mean, they are obviously not afraid to sue the Redmond software giant. I guess I’m just aware of the obvious surface-viewable benefits. What about long-term?

Should I take off my tinfoil hat, or what? Understand, though, that Ballmer and his co-conspirators are capable of some crazy stuff.

Stallman on Craigslist? *REALLY*!?

by @ 12:13 pm. Filed under General Linux, humor

This can’t possibly be Richard Stallman’s personal ad on Craigslist, can it?

Here’s his ad:

I’m a single atheist white man, 54, reputedly intelligent, with unusual interests in politics, science, music and dance.

I’d like to meet a woman with varied interests, curious about the world, comfortable expressing her likes and dislikes (I hate struggling to guess), delighting in her ability to fascinate a man and in being loved tenderly, who values joy, truth, beauty and justice more than “success”–so we can share bouts of intense, passionately kind awareness of each other, alternating with tolerant warmth while we’re absorbed in other aspects of life.

My 23-year-old child, the Free Software Movement, occupies most of my life, leaving no room for more children, but I still have room to love a sweetheart if she doesn’t need to spend time with me every day. I spend a lot of my time traveling to give speeches, often to Europe, Asia and Latin America; it would be nice if you were free to travel with me some of the time.

Reply and we’ll see where it leads.


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Another Success Story : Federal Employment Office switches to Linux

by @ 8:55 am. Filed under Linux migrations, Linux News

More and more Linux migration stories are popping up each day. More governmental agencies throughout the world are picking up on the enabling and empowering experience of using Linux on their computers. This time, a German governmental agency, the Federal Employment Office, has made the switch to OpenSUSE 10.1. Their explanation as to why the switch is consistent with the many who have gone that way before:

“The BA explained that the migration was necessary because, ‘The previous combination of Windows NT and Internet Explorer could no longer keep pace with technological developments in how current media content is displayed and was not up to the demands of modern hardware.’ In making the switch, the decision for Linux was based on cost and security considerations. On the one hand, implementing Linux carried no licencing costs, on the other hand migrating the clients enabled standardised automation and maintenance procedures, since the BA servers also run Linux. Another plus are the flexible configuration possibilities with Linux.”

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