[clug] Internode dumps FOSS for MS Exchange

Karun Dambiec kdambiec at ieee.org
Thu Feb 18 23:16:04 MST 2010

On 19.02.2010, at 10:32, Hugh Fisher <hugh.fisher at anu.edu.au> wrote:

> Chris Smart wrote:
>> Anyway, the reason I'm asking all these questions is to discover what
>> *I* should be doing.. I'm getting burnt out trying to push for free
>> software (at work for example) and so I'm wondering whether I should
>> even be bothering at all. I'm at the point where I'm trying to
>> reconcile these two important issues and if not I fear I'll just  
>> throw
>> it all away.
> What seems to be the common refrain, pick your battles.
> Internode switching to MS Exchange really doesn't bother me, and
> I can't see it as a disaster for open standards, open source, or
> free software.
> On the other hand, if the National Archive is going all MS, *that*
> is really something to worry about. I can read documents from
> Federation a hundred years ago, but will anyone be able to read
> our Government's documents in another hundred years?

Yes, its a huge Risk, and appears to Be One that they are prepared to  
take.  whereas elsewhere OpenDocument is mandatory.

> So if you're getting burnt out, maybe concentrate on just one
> area instead of trying to convert everybody.

I think it is Not possible unless the Government makes a Policy to use  
free document Standards rather than propietary.

>    cheers,
>    Hugh
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