On 10/16/07, Jim Nanney <jnanney(a)mscoast.com> wrote:
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I have not been to many IRC meetings since the big discussion about
active/inactive ambassadors, but I thought it appropriate to post about
the activities of the past week.
Last Friday, Chris Negus (of Fedora Linux Bible 6, 7, Linux Toys, Linux
Toys 2, fame, and many, many more) interviewed me about my company and
my use of open source and in particular Fedora for my small business.
Expected press date of the book is in January of 2008. It was a
pleasure to talk to him about the usefulness of completely "Free"
software to a small business and home based businesses. And in "Free" I
am more describing the unencumbered software, free of patent issues,
free of vendor lock-in, and of course free to modify and distribute. I
spoke about the need for more small businesses to realize the huge
benefits of free software at length with him. I was told a complete
section would be devoted to use cases and a couple of pages specifically
about my business and its open source only devotion.
Congratulations on getting the message out and for the publicity for your work.
Small business really is an overlooked aspect from my point of view
this needs more attention. The average startup company must spend a
minimum of $5000 in just software to get a small business running. And
in this initial purchase, a small business locks themselves into single
vendor, proprietary solutions, that would require hundreds of man hours
of work to change to an Open Source solution.
Having run a one-man consultng firm (pre-FOSS), I made similar
mistakes. The big proprietary software companies are now targeting
SMBs (Small and Medium Businesses) to get them locked-in early. We
certainly need to publicize the free (as in libre and gratis) choices
that FOSS provides. I especially would like non-profits and charities
to spend less money on software and more on the people whom they are
trting to help.
Truly a small business can save lots of money using free software,
only in cost of the software, but in cost of not being locked to a
single vendor. This is information that *needs* to be available to
those about to start a business, so that they can make an informed
decision about what is best for their company.
This may only be my personal perception, but it seems lots of focus
attention is spent on showcasing large business benefiting from the
switch to open source, but truly small business can benefit more
percentage wise from making that decision upfront. The latter of which
does not seem to to be highlighted in articles or media.
Agreed. I'll definitely promote it in my blog and encourage others to
do the same.
As for other Ambassador activities, this evening I hosted the South
Mississippi Linux Users Group meeting and gave a presentation on using
graphics packages under Fedora (specifically the Gimp and Inkscape) to
create web graphics, and distributed around 10 DVDs and Live CDs to
members. While probably not a big thing to most of you, our LUG
membership has dwindled to meetings of 2 or 3 people on some occasions.
Tonight was the largest LUG meeting we've seen since pre Katrina days.
Being involved in user groups in the past, this is great to see your
LUG have a good turnout and get the message out. The beauty of FOSS is
that there are "no little people". Every person matters.
Thanks for reading my ramblings and I hope the meat of what I am
Thanks for sharing them.