[Klug-general] Linux and Open Standards in Public Government Organisations

J Subs subs at firebox.nu
Fri Sep 4 08:42:37 UTC 2009

I contracted at the Ministry of Justice for a few months in 2008. All 
Microsoft systems, running Windows NT and IE5.5, apart from a dozen 
people! PHP and MySQL weren't allowed on the intranet for security 
reasons (?!?!) so all the pages were hand-coded. Now _that_ wasn't a 
waste of taxpayer's money...

I gave a few lunchtime lectures on portableapps.com, theopendisc.com, 
Firefox add-ons and the like, and there were a few enlightened souls there.

To sum it up in one word: inertia.

nicolas diogo wrote:
> Hi folks,
> i have joined a local government institution recently and i am impressed (if that is the right word) with the lack of open-source standards used.
> what i means is that everyone uses MS word 2007, and there is no interest in using alternatives such as openoffice.
> likeways, there are many database servers running MSSQL but none with postgresql or mysql.
> so i wonder if there are other folks reading this list that some experience with public government organisations.
> thanks,
> Nicolas
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