[Gllug] QT GUI Project

JLMS jjllmmss at googlemail.com
Tue May 10 20:55:35 UTC 2011

On 10 May 2011 15:53, Jason Clifford <jason at ukfsn.org> wrote:
> On Tue, 2011-05-10 at 14:29 +0100, John Hearns wrote:
>> You do have a point though - what you are saying is your IT support
>> staff will not support it,
>> as they do not have the skills, and they have a "standard build" of
>> Windows, yadda, yadda, yadda....
>> Well OK - the answer to this is to either:
>> a) hire someone to look after your technical computing
>> b) buy a Linux system with support from a 3rd party company - I worked
>> in two companies which build and supply
>> HPC clusters to a whole range of industries, we had several clients
>> wheo were small(ish) engineering firms in London,
>> we suppled the Linux cluster and supported it
>> c) Run a Linux virtual machine on your Windows box
> Most companies have the good sense to specify a corporate policy which
> forbids employees from installing unauthorised computers or unauthorised
> software. This is necessary from a legal perspective as the employer is
> liable for any unlawful activity and also because the employer has a
> duty of care to provide and support the necessary tools for the
> workplace.
> For many workplaces the reason they run Windows is very simple - they
> are locked into it either by applications that are only available to run
> on Windows (which may have licensing implications!) or because they must
> interchange data which is locked to formats specific to Windows based
> applications.

Indeed. In the last 2 companies where I have worked you would be
unceremoniously  walked out of the premises if you would try to pull
the "machine under the desk" stunt (some go as far as to forbid
wireless rodents and keyboards...).

Those where the "good old times", and are thankfully, mostly, over.
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