Jim Willis, director of e-Government Services for the Rhode Island Office of
the Secretary of State, was a consultant for the state when he implemented an
online database using open source tools. The ability to use open source
technologies was a condition of his hiring, and the state has benefited as a
result of his leadership. Putting Linux in Plain ViewThe first project Willis
undertook was an online rules and regulations database available to the
public and other government agencies. It was the proof that open source tools
could deliver value for less. The whole project was delivered for $40,000
with Willis working alone part time for four months. Because the new online
database faced the public, it was the perfect test for open source value.
Willis was promoted to director of e-Government after the next election of a
new Secretary of State, and he took on the rol... (more)
There has been some controversy recently over a Microsoft-commissioned TCO
(total cost of ownership) study claiming that the long-term cost of Windows
is lower than that of Linux. It's time to clear up the confusion. TCO
PrimerLet's start with the basics of TCO. When we talk about measuring the
total cost of ownership, it is important to understand what that measurement
will actually tell us. TCO is defined as the total cost of a particular item
over its useful life. It includes the cost of acquisition, maintenance,
support, and disposal. In short, it includes everything you will... (more)
Some organizations will find that they are able to make wide use of open
source software, while others will find only limited suitable migration
candidates. Some of the discrepancy will be due to differences across
industries. Industries that tend to make conservative technology decisions,
for example, are likely to have more legacy systems that are difficult to
migrate. But even within the same industries, technical managers will find a
range of potential migration scenarios. The differences in experience will
depend on the platform-neutrality of the applications in use.
Those ... (more)
In September, core developers of Mambo, the popular open source content
management system, announced a fork of the project, called Joomla!, with
virtually all active participants following the fork.
I caught up with Andrew Eddie, lead developer of the new Joomla!, to find out
more about the decision to fork the Mambo project, and to find out how things
are going so far.
LWM: I'll start with the hard question first: What led you to the decision to
Andrew Eddie: Forking is a very serious decision to make and one that I and
the team did not take lightly. In the words of... (more)
When people hear that open source software is often free and overall cheaper
than proprietary solutions, they're intrigued. But how much cheaper is
another question. What other costs are involved? This article examines the
budgetary impact of migrating corporate desktops to open source solutions.
This is one of many areas where open source can positively impact IT budgets.
The first step in evaluating the license savings on the desktop is to
determine which desktops in your organization are candidates for migrating to
Linux, OpenOffice, or both.
Step One: Inv... (more)