[ILUG-BOM] FOSS snippets from /. : munifossent activities and bootless updates

Vickram Crishna v1clist at yahoo.co.uk
Sun Jun 28 15:24:25 IST 2009

1. MuniFOSS: could our BMC learn to do more with less?

"The Munich decision to move its 14,000 desktops to Free Open Source
Software created a big splash back in 2003 as news circulated of the
third-largest German city's defection from Microsoft. When it was
announced in 2003, the story garnered coverage even in the US, such as
an extensive article in USA Today on-line. Currently, about 60% of
desktops are using OpenOffice, with the remaining 40% to be completed
by the end of 2009. Firefox and Thunderbird are being used in all of
the city's desktop machines. Ten percent of desktops are running the
LiMux Debian-based distro, and 80% will be running LiMux by 2012 at the
latest. Autonomy was generally considered more important than cost
savings, although the LiMux initiative is increasing competition in the
IT industry in Munich already. The program has succeeded because the
city administration has been careful to reach out to all stakeholders,
from managers down to simple end users."


Note that the move has taken six years to date: retraining and rejigging processes and applications is not done overnight. In fact, part of the true total cost of proprietary is the expensive conversion effort.

2. Bootless updating: a technology first, with Ubuntu Jaunty

"Ksplice has started offering Ksplice Uptrack for Ubuntu Jaunty, a free
service that delivers rebootless versions of all the latest Ubuntu
kernel security updates. It's currently available for both the 32 and
64-bit generic kernel, and they plan to add support for the virtual and
server kernels by the end of the month, according to their FAQ. This
makes Ubuntu the first OS that doesn't need to be rebooted for security




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