[nSLUG] local ns e-govt and oss???

Bob Ashley ax386 at chebucto.ca
Sat Feb 19 08:27:24 AST 2005

Very sophisticated negotiations, indeed! Certainly there's no better 
exemplar than Israel, masters at getting their way. I thought the UK was 
all over the map on this issue. Are you talking national or municipal? 
I'm referring to municipal. London alone has 33 boroughs, 33 mayors, as 
well as a Mr. Big London mayor and his assembly. E-gov-wise London is 
stew of variations, in their varietal approaches, levels of 
sophistication, and spotty thoroughness.

My understanding was the OSS effort failed in Germany. Was it Munich? 
Berlin? That it turned into something of a fiasco?

For all that, I understand the message you're telegraphing here. The 
technics of the game overstand the technics of the technology. Poignant, 
and probably inescapable.


Donald Teed wrote:
> On Thu, 17 Feb 2005 06:40:24 -0400, Bob Ashley <ax386 at chebucto.ca> wrote:
>>NSLUG Pundits,
>>I'm doing a policy paper which will explore the idea of municipal
>>egovernment in NS looking at open source software (oss), perhaps as a
>>pilot project.
> Looking at what happened in Israel, UK and some cities
> in Germany last year, here is how it works:
> 1. Government sponsors study to determine if moving desktops, servers
> and office applications to Linux
> is feasible.  Employ a few dozen geeks on temporary
> basis to do feasibility testing and write up reports.
> 2. After a year, preliminary results of study show that
> moving to Linux is possible and it would save the
> government thousands of dollars.  This stage has
> to be publicly announced.
> 3. Enter into negotiations with Microsoft and pretend to
> be reluctant to renewing OS and software licenses.
> 4. Issue second news item that government bodies in
> question could probably save a bundle with OSS.
> 5. Wait for Microsoft to relent and sell licenses 
> at 1/4 the normal price.  If it is necessary to give
> them a scare, announce that desktops are rolling 
> out with Linux on them, but in actually just
> make them dual boot with Windows.
> 6. Sign on dotted line when target price is made with MS.
> 7. Issue a third news item that preliminary findings were
> wrong or that users are having some troubles adopting Linux and in the
> meantime a good deal with Microsoft has
> been arranged, saving the government thousands.
> This is the general formula for what actually happened
> last year in the above named countries.
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