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Quoting Gordon Henderson <gordon+dcglug@xxxxxxxxxx>:
And I also have the opportunity to tout Linux in a local project too - our town Information Centre is creating a museum and "Family History Room" with PCs/Internet access for public use and as the one who'll be managing it, I'm really tempted to buy commercial PCs with Win7 installed, and make them dual-boot with Linux the default OS. Then see how the punters get on. I'm not overly worried that I'm still contributing to the Redmond empire - the PCs I'm looking at are under £400 inc vat and the MS tax, although I will be recycling 1 or 2 older ones which already have XP licenses on.
Have you thought of using X2GO or LTSP instead? The server would probably cost about £800 and the clients can costs as little as 100EUR for two! I've found that if you set up Linux to look and feel like windows, most people don't realise the difference as long as they can watch youtube and listen to music (MP3s).
Another almost local project is a customer of mine - a charity - who're looking at a new database system for their shops, etc. I'm trying to push them OS, but it would mean I'd have to write their database for them - however I may throw it to the floor if I don't have the time - there won't be much money in it though.. I'mm meeting them this week to talk about it.
Have a look at some of the FLOSS software that's already out there such as Adempiere/Compiere, openbravo and ofbiz.apache.org - they may well do what you need them to already.
Hope this helps, Matt. -- Matthew Macdonald-Wallace matthew@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx http://www.truthisfreedom.org.uk/ -- The Mailing List for the Devon & Cornwall LUG http://mailman.dclug.org.uk/listinfo/list FAQ: http://www.dcglug.org.uk/linux_adm/list-faq.html