An open letter to Barack Obama

Dear President Obama,

Congratulations on passing the stimulus package! I hope that the stimulus package will help the economy get back on track.

One thing that could help is to eliminate some of the approximately five billion dollars a day that we waste as a world economy with closed source, proprietary software.

How do I arrive at that figure?…

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0 thoughts on “An open letter to Barack Obama

  1. I’ve found that the greatest time sink is generally dealing with my employerâ??s security and IT management. Not the software its self. I lost about a day getting WinBUGs installed on a work machine and then getting access to a folder that I’d created outside of “My Documents” (it was an issue with an R package that called WinBugs not being able to deal with long pathnames). I don’t have administrative access to the machines at work which is the problem.

  2. From: French police: we saved millions of euros by adopting Ubuntu

    A recent report has revealed that France’s national police force has saved an estimated 50 million euros since 2004 by adopting open source software and migrating a portion of the organization’s workstations to Ubuntu Linux. They plan to roll out the Linux distro to all 90,000 of their workstations by 2015.

    The writing is on the wall. I happily watch the market share which has been enjoyed by MS Windows for so long inexorably shrink. Proprietary software brings with it proprietary problems. With a very good IT staff, problems encountered in open-source software can be taken care of by custom patches by in-house development (or simple searches on Google).

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