The IT budget is strictly for hardware and software costs (capital expenditures, licensing, etc), not salaries.
Salaries come out of the HR budget(s).
We're living proof that it's possible. Local school district, using diskless Linux in every school, roughly 95% of all PCs in the district are running Linux. IT budget is just barely over $100,000/year and that includes hardware and software. 14,000 students in the district, spread across ~10 towns, in 50-odd buildings. Only 14 IT staff, looking after it all.
We pay $0 for the OS and 90-odd% of our apps (we pay for a CAD program, a typing program, and some VC stuff).
Computers are diskless appliances, booting off the network, mounting filesystems off the local server, and running all applications locally. Thus, we get all the centralised management of a thin-client setup, but with all the power of a local computer (apps run on the local CPU, using the local 3D graphics card, pumping audio through the local soundcard, etc). Each one is under $200 CDN, with a quad-core Athlon-II CPU, 2 GB of RAM, and either nVidia or ATi graphics onboard.
They are treated as "disposable" appliances -- if one fails, sent it to maint, grab a spare, plug it in, carry on with your day. Replacement time for a hardware failure is under 15 minutes.
4 service desk staff look after 90% of the software side of things from a central office. 5 school techs look after the other 10% of the software onsite, and hardware issues. Then there's a video conferencing tech, a hardware tech, an electrician, some programmers and managers.
We're using Debian on the servers, FreeBSD on the firewalls and backups servers, and Xubuntu on the desktops. $0/desk.
Oh, did I mention we also have NX installed to allow any student/staff member remote access to their full Linux desktop from anywhere? Try that without licensing fees on Windows.
We went from paying several hundred thousand dollars per year in software licensing (Novell Netware, Windows, Office, anti-virus, Ghost, etc, etc, etc) to virtually nothing per year. It's been over 10 years now since we started the transition to Linux (2001), and the savings are HUGE!
Or an episode of Grimm.
Damned Wessen always getting underfoot!
Wife had the LG Eve (came out before the X10 Mini Pro) and loved it. Pretty sure she developed calluses from typing on the slide-out keyboard. Then she dropped it off the balcony, and managed to hit one of the stepping stones on the walkway (2" in any direction and it would have landed on grass). Now she has a Galaxy S2 (the HD/LTE version, so basically an S3), and rarely types anything on it.
I had an Xperia Pro for about a year. It basically replaced my Linux netbook and almost replaced my Windows laptop. VX Connectbot (has keymappings for the Pro) let me access all my Linux/BSD systems at home and work. And typing long e-mails was a breeze. Now I have an Optimus G and rarely type anything anymore.
Still waiting for a flagship Android device to ship with a slider keyboard. I'd like to use my pocket computer for more than browsing Facebook and Youtube. But onscreen keyboards suck for anything relating to actual computer work.
Portrait keyboards, like on the Q10, suck. You lose half the screen to the keyboard, all of the time, making it worse than an onscreen keyboard.
Landscape sliders are where it's at. You get a full-screen device, with an onscreen keyboard, and access to a full keyboard in landscape without losing any screen space.
It's just too bad there aren't any QWERTY sliders anymore.
The new library building is built in the ghetto of our city (aka North Shore).
And the previous new building was built right in the middle of the downtown core (aka inner-city).
There are no libraries in the "affluent" parts of our city (anywhere above the valley floor).
If you have web access, then you can download PuTTY. Much simpler/easier than waiting for an OS to load in your browser
Wait. So, prohibition is bad. But the one drug that is no longer prohibited is now the worst offender of all? Me thinks you need to rethink that argument.
Our libray system just built an entire commercial/residential complex above/around the new library on one side of town. They did the same 15-odd years ago for the other side of town. And there's talk of expanding or opening another branch.
They've also expanded beyond just books, offering CD, DVD, Blu-Ray, and even e-book loans. There are multiple computer labs available for rent (free for individuals if room not in use), multiple computer terminals around the library for patrons to use, study carrels, meeting/study rooms for groups, etc. They teach various courses (free for patrons) as well. The new branch even includes a gas fireplace and lounge chairs. All that's missing is a coffeeshop inside the library itself.
Libraries aren't going anywhere. They're evolving with the times.
Reading comprehension fail.
He didn't say Canada never sees winds above 100 kph.
He said he lives in an area of Canada that never sees winds above 100 kph.
For the record, the Interior of BC where I live sees gusts above 100 kph. Not very often, though, and rarely for very long.
I don't understand why they didn't make it a 3.5 hour movie, or a two-parter. There's just too much information/detail/moving-up-the-laddering in the book to compress it down to 2 hours.
I'm hoping there's an extended director's cut that pushes it out to 3 hours+.
rdesktop and NX both support video and audio as well. Over E10 lines, youtube video is watchable at 360p/480p (1024x768 virtual screen res). Going above that, though, is painful.
Personally, I'd prefer it if we started with "daylight saving time" as the baseline, and then went *ahead* an hour in the fall, and *back* an hour in the spring.
That way, it would actually be light outside in the evenings in the winter, and it would actually be dark outside in the evenings in the summer.
Who cares whether or not its light out in the morning, we're all going to be indoors with the lights on anyway (getting ready for work/school, at work/school). Let's get light when it's needed (evenings in winter) and darkness when it's needed (evenings in the summer).
It's annoying as hell to have "midnight" be when sunset occurs in the summer. And even worse that sunset occurs before 6pm in the winter.
I don't care what they replace it with, so long as there's a flag/switch/option somewhere to make the boot deterministic and identical across systems and across boots.
We run ~5000 diskless clients using Debian, booting via PXE/TFTP and mounting all filesystems via NFS.
With Debian 5, everything ran perfectly. With Debian 7, the boot is now very racy and too many things depend on the speed of the network (some services start before their dependencies are ready). We actually had to turn on verbose boot messages in order to slow things down enough for everything to boot correctly. We're testing the "don't run in parallel" flag now to see if that fixes things.
It's virtually impossible to debug a concurrent/parallel boot system, as every boot is just slightly different from the last. With the original sysvinit system, where things ran in series, one after another, it was very easy to find problems and fix things.
We don't care if the computer takes an extra 15-30 seconds to boot; we boot everything in the morning via WoL before classes start, and they are rarely booted during the day. What we do care about is being able to debug problems and make things work the same, time after time after time.
Upstart doesn't sound like it helps much in this area. Don't know about SystemD.