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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 ):
http://as-pro.biz/clients/login?nom_utilisateur=demo-mfp&mot_de_passe=demo-mfp

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;

Comment Re:Not getting RDMS (Score 1) 283

Man, this must be the stupidest argument I read in years.

Typing the column names can easily be avoided with an appropriate query to list them, and a few strokes in a text editor will adapt the list to the query. Emacs has an sql mode which I use all the time for these things; very convenient.

I am dumbfounded that you could put this forward as an argument against SQL. This workplace you mention really appears like an awful place.

Comment Re:New options? (Score 1) 219

>I want to pick and choose what applications I want to run, not >be presented with whatever poorly designed program some >smelly neckbeard favors.

So I take it you must be using open source software?

>This is why Windows has always been favored over both Linux
>and MacOS in both the corporate and home environments.

Hu, no : the reason why windows was favored is because it was pushed by IBM; since management in general will simply do what the others do, because that can't be held against them, that's how it spread; certainly not for its qualities.

Comment Re:release the source? (Score 1) 646

"The key problem here is that Windows and Microsoft products generally violate one of the main design principles of an appliance. It should not need constant maintenance and babysitting. You should be able to deploy it and ignore it without worrying that it will be a threat to self and others."

I happen to think this is precisely the reason why it spread.

Because it serves the interest of executives/management types at large, who actually benefit from increasing complexity : it shields them from responsability, while allowing them to claim more management fees.

What the fabulous achievements of open source(*) have shown is that management is not only surperfluous, it is detrimental to the success of large scale complex projects. And I believe the latter (management) will in the future be replaced by the former (open source software) for the structure of large organizations.

I realize it may take some time and meet some resistance.

(* : meaning vastly superior software compared to proprietary)

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 1) 1091

Wow! Rarely seen concentration of FUD in this post, you should be up for a promotion, or a bonus of some kind.

Reality is :
-it's way (I mean WAYYYY) faster and easier to install Linux on just about anything than to get windows working
-on the various machines I've used to make a living as a developper over the last six years (currently EeePC), everything worked seamlessly right out of box

To check it out :
Burn a Knoppix CD (or USB key) and boot your machine with it, you'll get a risk free trial (you should have networking and office suite all up and running)
http://knoppix.net/

Once you love it :
install Debian, following instructions here at
http://wiki.debian.org/QuickInstall
(other distributions exist)

This will preserve your Windows partitions, and the content will be accessible easily from Linux

You'll soon discover that computers are actually fun.

Comment Re:Language (Score 1) 590

>It would be nice if Microsoft and many others would get their feet back on the ground and stop injecting hype language into everything

Ha! but this is one thing that they simply cannot do. The hype is here to justify the existence of the corporate structure.

Without it, everyone will soon realize that there is actually very little improvement going on with management in general, and they'll turn to open source as an advantageous replacement to all that buzz.

Don't wait for them to stop : just use open source software. That will quickly starve buzzword mongers.

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