[ILUG] opensource too costly for Irish gov
rick at linuxmafia.com
Fri Apr 30 18:58:20 IST 2004
Quoting Bryan O'Donoghue (bryano at europlex.ie):
> When you get right down to it, though, the fear of the pain involved in
> using Linux was in the first case irrational and in the long term case,
> completely counter intuitive, since, when you do manage to break away from
> a Windows environment, you wonder, what the hell you were ever doing there
> to begin with.
> A bit like smoking that.
For your amusement:
Enabler (Don't be one)
Imagine working next to a crack addict. Imagine that this person was
always screwing up -- promising big things but delivering only excuses.
Would you start doing the crack addict's work instead of your own so
that he or she could sneak out to smoke more crack?
If you wouldn't do it for a human being, why do it for an operating
system? If you have trouble getting a proprietary operating system to
deliver on its promises, don't let it slide. Get on the phone to Support
and stay there.
Investing your time and effort in covering for screwups is "Enabling"
and it's bad for people and operating systems alike. Don't cut the
proprietary systems any slack.
Sadly, every proprietary system has enablers, and these people often
rationalize their situation by turning into advocates of their
proprietary systems. Proprietary system advocates aren't evil or stupid.
They are the victims. They have a disease and they need help. You
wouldn't flame people for having any other disease, so don't flame them
for this. They'll come around when their boss does.
Cheers, "Don't use Outlook. Outlook is really just a security
Rick Moen hole with a small e-mail client attached to it."
rick at linuxmafia.com -- Brian Trosko in r.a.sf.w.r-j
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