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[Fsfe-uk] Replacing/Displacing Microsoft

From: Mark Preston
Subject: [Fsfe-uk] Replacing/Displacing Microsoft
Date: Mon, 02 Apr 2007 23:22:19 +0100
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J.R. Seago wrote:
I sat for 16 years on the Council of a National Voluntary membership organisation. They, I have discovered use Microsoft, this is so bad that it is a dismissable offense, due to collective paranoia to merely insert a CD into ones work station, due to the risk of virus's/viri, (?). I tried giving one of the national directors, a CD of Knoppix to try out, he was so worried by the Draconian rules on introducing spyware/CD's into the system that he tried it out at home on his own computer, but the status quo is such that he will get no where suggesting a trial. So I will write a paper and send it to the Council/Directors. But I need some information, I've been a convinced user since 1999, or was it Slackware 7, whichever. but I am not as skilled as the rest of you and still can't get MySql to install properly in order to learn to use it, or Slackware 11 to play my music CD's. So the information I need is what does it cost, roughly, to use XP to run a members database for 150,000 members, plus usual organisation accounting, administration, correspondence, preparation of reports, research department needs, etc., etc. per seat licenses for a staff of around 200? Input from the UK would help here as that's where its used. I also assume that such an organisation would only need the one DVD, (to be on the safe side, per office, thats around 10), of Slackware, total cost of around £300, (or whatever other distribution, its just that I'm used to Slackware), the limitation on numbers of users of work stations being the hardware, not any limitation of Slackware/GNU-Linux? I can then make a start on a paper on the benefits of changing over, and comeback occasionally when I need help on particular matters

I believe there may be a new Free Linux virtual machine to run XP in while they try it out/change over would that be correct? http://www.virtualbox.org/
Hi all,
Regarding speed. A lot of Linux live CDs can run very fast using the toram option. The Slax server edition might solve your MySQL installation problems John, and give you a familiar Slackware like environment.

Mark Preston

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