We are, but I think the cultural change would be too
significant to allow the strategy to work in a timely way for
We announced that we are supporting Star Office on an
experimental basis this year in our Desktop support guide. We
still don't think we have the knowledge base or time to
The issue we have is support costs. Since this is a gradual
change, I would need Windows specialists around for a while,
in a decreasing support mode, and I would need to increase my
Linux support gradually. It is sort of adding another whole
system to support, and that adds costs in the short term.
Another issue is culture. Our business offices maintain
databases and spreadsheets that are shared with accounting
offices. There are Financial Aid DOE requirements. Those
folks are adamant about the need for Microsoft environments.
Just like Windows evolved in, we'll let it evolve out. Mac
hasn't evolved out yet either. More evolution than
---- Original message ----
>Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2003 00:30:03 -0500
>From: Jeff Giacobbe <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: Re: [CIO] CIO: Ideas
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Just out of curiosity, is anyone exploring open source
>as a means to reduce annual software expenditures? For
>a Microsoft site license in favor of OpenOffice (or
>Linux desktops instead of Win2K/XP?
>Obviously the above moves are rife with deep rooted end-user
>and religion, but from a purely budgetary perspective it
>a significant savings.
>Director of Systems, Security, Networking
>Montclair State University
>Theresa Rowe wrote:
>> How about sharing what you are cutting - maybe we can
>> We are cutting remote dial-up access for students.
>> We firmed up our charge-back model for 800/global services.
>> We eliminated our one front-line move/add/change telecom
>> We improved our email environment and are moving to email
>> web-based student bills, registration course schedule
books and other
>> important communications (no printing/mailing).
>> We are rebidding our hardware support contract.
>> We are limiting our network traffic with our ISP.
>> Working on:
>> We are trying to change to a long term commitment on our
>> to reduce the annual percentage increase.
>> We are reevaluating the future of general purpose
>> We are evaluating the licenses and support model for math
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