open source software advocacy newsgroup?

open source software advocacy newsgroup?

Post by Andrew Par » Wed, 06 Mar 2002 18:48:13

is there an open source software advocacy newsgroup?




open source software advocacy newsgroup?

Post by Richard Thripplet » Wed, 06 Mar 2002 19:12:25

>is there an open source software advocacy newsgroup?

        'gnu.misc.discuss', seems to be the closest I can find on my news

Richard 'aj' Thrippleton
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open source software advocacy newsgroup?

Post by Donn Mille » Wed, 06 Mar 2002 20:36:16

> is there an open source software advocacy newsgroup?

I'm a general advocate of open source software, and that's why I hang
out here.  I embrace various open source OSes, although I prefer FreeBSD.

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open source software advocacy newsgroup?

Post by Paolo Ciambott » Thu, 07 Mar 2002 04:14:35

> is there an open source software advocacy newsgroup?

> thanks,

> andrew

This (c.o.l.a.) is as good as any if you keep an up-to-date killfile.  It
does take a lot of plonking to knock the signal-to-noise ratio down to a
tolerable level, and it seems to be a neverending task.  I spend as much
time adding new bozos to Pan's filter rules as I spend posting.

But it's worth it; in a field of bullshit a few beautiful flowers grow.


1. need help with advocacy of linux / open source server software

the first vice president of IT at my company has invited me to make a
presentation about linux / open source SERVER software to him, the
second vp, and asst. vp and a few others during a lunch meeting on
monday,  may 20th.  previously, i made a presentation on open source
and some windows-compatible, open source desktop applications that
deployed rapidly while saving the company money (mozilla,, etc.).

this time, however, the presentation will be on open source SERVER
software.  i would like to focus this time on cost control,
interoperability and integration, security, cost of implementation,
cost of ongoing maintenance, value of deploying open source software
as opposed to staying with their current systems, which are dominated
by ms.

unfortunately, my company is not the type where you can sneak a linux
server into the server room.  also, since i am a programmer, i am well
isolated from the server area (unlike my previous jobs where i was
programmer, webmaster, sys admin, etc.) and not familiar with the
current infrastracture and needs of the company.

i would also like mainstream news articles (news articles from
non-linux / open source publications) about number of security holes
in linux / open source products versus ms AND time comparisions on how
quickly these security holes are patched.  Apache, Mosix, Samba,
Terminal Project are also good projects that my company may be
interested in.

do you know of any other server software that a financial institution
may be interested in?

any assistance would be greatly appreciated...

andrew park

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