19 Jun 2002 mattr   » (Journeyer)

Day job

A bummer today... We do not support using our software with Linux servers, but we have a handful of folks doing it anyway. I've been pushing for us to change our stance on that support and have been in touch, informally, with some of those users. Seemed like a good idea to work up a brief survey, just to see what they were thinking... Whether they'll stick with Linux, what kind of problems they had, what type of configuration they're running with, etc...

The issue even came up yesterday in a meeting of bigger- wigs; specifically, there was some concern that we'll have users picking up the nice 'n cheap Wal-Mart Lindows machines and trying to use them with our software.

I finished a draft of the survey yesterday and had sent it on to my supervisor, who previously said it was a good idea. Unfortunately, when he took it another step up, it was completely shot down. Survey cannot leave the building.

I don't get it. Apparently our plan is to ignore anything new which is not MS-inspired. In the process, I feel like we make ourselves look silly when among the handful, we have users running other applications (Office, for instance) from Linux servers with no problems, but we won't even officially investigate the feasibility of running our software with such a setup. I've done it unofficially with no real problems, but that does not a changed support stance make.

paperlove.org & whonose

I created a couple of mailing lists yesterday at paperlove.org, one to discuss non-profit planning things, one for WhoNose development stuff... Don't expect either to be very active, but I'm hoping I might get a little input here and there. See this page for more on the lists, if you want.

tractor at Ozone Farm has been a big 'encourager,' so I thank him for that... I stumbled upon some really cool people when I was wondering where I could get my feet wet with Open Source Etc. :)

Other Stuff?

My Win2k box at work had to go down yesterday... A day of much virus scanning all over the building. The record will stand for now at 87 days, 20 hours+.

Fortunately, I had another machine I could continue to work on yesterday... Much productivity lost yesterday elsewhere, I'm sure...

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