[SATLUG] Open Source Fest ?

r3d91ll r3d91ll at grandecom.net
Mon Mar 14 14:40:36 CDT 2011

I would like to see a presentation on how switching to Linux or F/LOSS
can lower IT costs for businesses. Why should a small business with less
then 20 employees need Active Directory don't know but many small
businesses are doing just that?  Why do these same businesses use
Exchange when they should be using something like Zimbra for half the
price.  Example a perpetual license from Zimbra for 15 users costs $840
with MS exchange the standard edition of exchange 2010 costs $699 plus
$67 per CAL.  Assuming 15 users thats and additional $1005 plus the $699
just for the package.  Given the current economy these are the things we
should be talking about.


On Mon, 2011-03-14 at 10:17 -0500, Don Davis wrote:
> <snip>
>  Get people interested in using free and open source software first and
> some may make the transition to (GNU) Linux. It is much easier to sell
> somebody on using Libre Office or Blender (arguably the best free
> software available) or Gimp than to try and convince them to reformat
> their hard drive and use a completely alien OS.&nbsp;
> <snip>
> Very true. Imagine they say "sure go ahead put Linux on." What about
> data back up? How many will not have backed up data or been unable to?
> What are the chances they'll format anyway and later blame Linux zealots
> for the loss of their kitten pictures?
> When is the date?
> For the slide/ another slide:
> What about SPSS -> R ? (Students are likely to use SPSS an $800
> statistics package that R replaces (and provides more than).)
> What about a transition to FOSS roadmap / flow chart?

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