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More on free software on Argentina's government

On this morn­ing's news­pa­per. So I am ahead of the curve by about 48 hours. That's not much :-)

In­ter­est­ing: it seems Win­dows was manda­to­ry in of­fi­cial us­age. Weird, since I have seen hun­dreds of Lin­ux servers on of­fi­cial us­age :-)

Linux in the government in Argentina

This is some­thing I have not read about much so:

Well, I teach Lin­ux cour­ses for sev­er­al com­pa­nies. In the last year or so, al­most ev­ery course has one or two or five stu­dents com­ing from the IT area of some gov­ern­ment of­fice or an­oth­er.

That in­cludes lo­cal and na­tion­al gov­ern­men­t, by the way.

Some of them are al­ready on de­ploy­ment stages on server­s, a few even on desk­top­s.

Here's what I know about this stuff:

  • There's no mas­ter plan. Ev­ery lit­­tle place is do­ing its own thing, all in the same di­rec­­tion. That sucks a bit.

  • They are go­ing to be in trou­ble. Lack of plan­n­ing means peo­­ple sud­­den­­ly find their desk­­top is now Lin­ux, for in­­s­tance :-). That's not go­ing to be too nice.

  • They will do it any­way: The gov­­ernem­nt can't buy a dead rat at a sale, much less MS Of­­fice

  • Be­ing a semi-­­known Lin­ux con­­sul­­tant around here is go­ing to be in­­ter­est­ing in 2004

  • Some peo­­ple are ped­dling Lin­ux and are clue­­less. Oth­­ers are clued-in, but they are not the ones get­t­ing the boss's ears.

  • If you are in gov. IT, you gonna have to learn Lin­ux quick.

  • Xan­­dros is mak­ing a big push here: it seems some of the de­vel­op­­ment for it is lo­­cal (they are over­selling the lo­­cal share, though, but this is gov­­ern­­men­t, that was to be ex­pec­t­ed).

  • Red Hat and SuSE are not sel­l­­ing them­­selves too well in that area

  • Lots of stuff is hap­pen­ing, in the qui­et. For ex­am­­ple, it seems that sev­er­al pro­v­in­­cial Ed­u­­ca­­tion Min­istries are ship­ping all new com­put­ers to schools with Lin­ux in it. Of course they prob­a­bly get re­­for­­mat­t­ed in 48 hours.

  • Most server­s, spe­­cial­­ly mail/we­b/­­file servers should be switched to Lin­ux be­­fore 2006 (this is most­­ly a guess)

  • Ex­pect MS to of­fer a bus­load of free li­­cen­s­es to the gov­­ern­­ment soon (a guess, too, but want to bet?)

What´s going on

Been busy. Work is back in full throt­tle, so time for cod­ing and blog­ging is low.

Hope­ful­ly, I will earn enough in the com­ing month to take it easy in march, then go crazy in april and so on.

This blog has been much more fun than I ex­pect­ed and I want to thank the guys at pyds for host­ing it for free, they pro­vide ex­ce­lent ser­vice :-)

Life is good. I have been play­ing with a fly­video2000 I will in­stall for a clien­t: sweet TV board. I think I will buy my­self one.

  • It works with lin­ux (after some learn­ing, which is good, too)

  • MythTV turns it in­­­to a love­­ly recorder, TV, etc, ex­­cept you need in­­ter­net for it to work at all (or else it does­n´t get a chan­nel list!).

  • For a few dol­lars I get an­oth­er TV and VCR, which I don´t need but is cool any­way

  • With a lit­­tle ef­­fort and some cool free code, it can mon­i­­tor sur­veil­lance cam­eras, sav­ing a client of mine from buy­ing a dig­i­­tal recorder... and giv­ing me some more mon­ey :-)

  • It has a re­­mote that is sup­­port­ed by lirc (haven´t made it work yet) so I am sup­­posed to be able to re­­mote­­ly con­trol mplay­er/kaf­feine/what­ev­er (even when not play­ing TV :-)

So, all in al­l, fun stuff.

The on­ly bad piece is, I haven´t cod­ed much (or at al­l), but I will get to it on due time.

SCO just tried to hire me!

Ok, not SCO, but Exo Train­ing.

You see, I teach Lin­ux cour­ses for a cou­ple of com­pa­nies (steady job, bad pay, but steady, you meet peo­ple), and we use the Exo Train­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

Well, one of the guys there con­tact­ed me to see if I was ca­pa­ble of teach­ing the SCO cour­ses.

I said no, of course, but hel­l, does­n't it sur­prise any­one that there are still such things as:

  • SCO LIN­UX Sys­tem Ad­min­is­­tra­­tion

  • SCO LIN­UX Net­­work In­­fra­struc­­ture

  • SCO LIN­UX Net­­work Ser­vices

  • SCO LIN­UX En­ter­prise Ad­min­is­­tra­­tion

  • SCO LIN­UX En­ter­prise Se­cu­ri­­ty

And these are of­fered right now!


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