[Gllug] It is not Microsoft

Jose Luis Martinez jjllmmss at googlemail.com
Thu Jan 8 23:43:47 UTC 2009

2009/1/8 Chris Bell <chrisbell at overview.demon.co.uk>:
> On Thu 08 Jan, Bernard Peek wrote:
>> >From the description that you have given it looks as if nobody is
>> actually trading, so Trading Standards are not the right people to get
>> involved.
>   The Adult Learning and library services do charge for the courses that
> they run, but they refuse to allow us to run a FOSS beginner course,
> providing comparisons where possible.
>> What you could do is to try to persuade them that it's in the council's
>> best interest to let the penguins in.
>   I have spoken to the Ealing contract IT person, and he just said no. I
> have no way to discover how many IT staff there are, but there may be nobody
> else. I have offered to help with the Learning Suite, the answer was again
> no.
>   My local councillors are well aware of our aims, but have agreed that the
> council appears to be run purely for the benefit of the council staff.

Well, you wanted to go to the newspapers in order to show how
enlightened your council is. I think you have an history there,
unfortunately not the one you have hoped for.

To refuse the use of equipment for Linux courses is pure stubbornness,
you could use live DVD distros and that way their precious and very
expensive Windows installations would not be touched...

I think you are hitting a political wall, not a technical one, so the
techies there are not the right people to be talking to.

If you have a blog you could document all your travails and when you
have got enough information you could let Slashdot get the word out,
that way the council would have at the very least need to explain
their continuous refusal to support such worthwhile efforts.

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