Stu Weineke knows the advantages of using Gnu/Linux in the Enterprise...he is right in the middle of it. However Stu is in a unique position. He's not their "IT Guy". Stu is the Facilities Engineer.
This author would be led to believe that, given the data I have been given, Stu is light years ahead of their "IT Guys".
Stu fixes things where he works. Now he's fixing their computers.
It all started when someone from the rarefied air of management asked Stu if he could make them a map of their campus. They had no idea of what to expect. Take equal parts of OCD, Knowledge of free software and the pure love of creating something and this is what you get.
It's an svg file so firefox is going to render it huge...might wanna consider loading inkscape for this one. Conversely, this article appeared in LXer just yesterday. How synchronicity-ous is that?
Just right click, save file as, and go from there.
And I can make up words...I'm a blogger with no claim on being very smart.
My email inbox was fairly inundated with requests to see Stu's work a bit closer so after taking some of the more sensitive data out of it, he shipped us the original svg file that started the whole thing.
The whole thing?
Stu says that the "tech guys" that laughed at him earlier have been replaced with more knowledgeable folks that actually have a clue. The previous guys, when asked to provide an application that could render svg's, told him to use MS paint.
Stu says he can have this organization migrated to Linux in 3 years.
It's a big organization...and I believe him. They were impressed with this fantastic piece of work...that they didn't have to put out one dime in software costs to get it done....some substantial software costs none the less. What they should have been impressed with is the "computer" he did it on.
A Micron Trek2, PII 300 with 192Mb ram, 20G hard drive, loaded
with Debian Etch.
Any tech department uses these particular laptops abundantly today...as doorstops. Stu was able to create this campus map fully on this machine....with GNU/Linux and free software.
A computer that should have been retired to a museum long ago.
We're going to watch the progress, setbacks and hopefully the ultimate migration of this company to GNU/Linux and Free Software.
Monday, April 13, 2009
blather and mumbling provided by Ken Starks at 6:14 AM