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Comment Re:Reminds me of when I moved to Ubuntu 9.04 (Score 1) 181

"I would have to buy a cheaper laptop and install Linux on my own. I don't at all mind doing this, but it does take time and patience."

a LOT less than trying to install windows, I assure you.

Linux is actually quite easy to install. I'm partial to Debian, but for an easy trial, just burn a Knoppix CD, boot your machine off that CD, then click install in the menu bar. It will preserve your windows installation

Comment Re:Freeze (Score 1) 226

I have been developping full type with Debian Stable on my PC for the past five years. The environment is extremely pleasant and efficient for what I do (databases + web apps), and I dread the rare foray I occasionally have to do in windows. My limited office suite needs are largely served by OpenOffice.

The only hindrance was not being able to view some videos, for lack of the proper codecs, this seems to be fixed. I probably could have worked on it, just did not for lack of time. As you wrote, backports offer many possibilities.

Comment Re:Thought experiment (Score 1) 241

Agreed on all points.

I write software for the insurance industry, where the constant flow of money breeds more managers than at places like IBM.

The amount of meaningless metrics required by these people is staggering (think quarterly statistics on liability insurance for a 30 person team which generates an average of four claims a year; multiply by hundreds of contracts; do not aggregate, use individual Excel spreadsheets)

I have come to the conclusion that the vast superiority of OSS stems from the very absence of management in its conception/realization.

Also, I believe cubic rage is a sign of _good_ mental health

Comment Re:As a POS expert... (Score 1) 284

Very valid points against the cloud, thank you.

"I'm a big linux advocate, but it doesn't necesarily mean postgres can be swapped in for MSSQL, it all depends very heavily on the POS software."

No doubt this would be very difficult, hence the use of a virtual machine to host Windows; but using linux on the hardware would provide the desired stability of the server, and the possibility to use some open source software, if any.

But there is a learning curve, which is why is recommended the LUG, where one can probably find some competent admin(s) to set up a very stable machine for a fraction of the cost of MS's licences.

Comment Re:As a POS expert... (Score 1) 284

>I would not push your main server to the cloud

I'm curious why?

I host a small web site on a dedicated server for 20 dollars a month, it's in a much safer environment than my home office, let alone a restaurant, and with much better connectivity

To the OP:

I suggest you go to a nearby Linux Users Group and find someone to install a server for you, with a VM on it to host your Windows applications.

I use Debian, my first server was up for 533 days before the ISP imposed a reboot for a bios update. It has a postgresql database on it.

You can see it in action here (those are records of insurance claims ):

Comment Re:the bazaar strikes again (Score 1) 181

What a nice piece of FUD...

I run two debian based internet servers hosting dynamic sites connected to a database. Licence cost is 0, and I have 24*7 top notch support, for free, with the proper groups.

Doing the same thing with MS software would :
-cost me over 30 000 dollars a year to be compliant
-force me to dramatically increase my hardware costs
-turn my development work into a nightmare.

I can see how some people could be bothered by Debian servers.

Comment Re:Not getting RDMS (Score 1) 283

"The environment is unable to complete at this point because it doesn't know what table/join I'll be selecting from."

I got that

"If SQL syntax were the more natural FROM [join description] SELECT [projection] ..."

IMO this is a very minor inconvenience compared to the power of SQL for managing large datasets, when one knows how to use it. You are welcome to propose a new standard, but I wonder if you considered all the implications of this change on things other than the convenience of typing?

With MS-Access, I used to solve this with a 3 line VB procedure that outputs the list of field names. With Postgresql, I simply run this query (the table has 34 fields) :

SELECT column_name FROM information_schema.columns WHERE table_name = 'tblcontentieux';

A few key strokes in Emacs to add the table identifier t1 to each field (just a simple replace-string) and the appropriate SQL. Very easy, I did it just for fun, and did not type any of these field names :

SELECT t1.id_contentieux, t1.id_etat, t1.affaire, t1.libelle, t1.date_debut_contentieux, t1.date_fin_contentieux, t1.ref_dossier, t1.ref_avocat, t1.ref_huissier, t1.ref_assureur, t1.id_service, t1.notes_contentieux, t1.id_categorie, t1.id_position, t1.id_nature, t1.suivi_par, t1.montant, t1.id_site, t1.id_client, t1.description, t1.franchise, t1.id_keyword, t1.ref_archive, t1.remboursement_prevu, t1.address1, t1.address2, t1.ville, t1.code_postal, t1.id_budget, t1.responsabilite, t1.id_agent, t1.id_contrat, t1.id_garantie, t1.id_objet_parc FROM tblcontentieux t1;

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