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Re: Request Advice for Work Meeting on Why use GNU+Linux


From: Roberto Beltran
Subject: Re: Request Advice for Work Meeting on Why use GNU+Linux
Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2020 16:46:03 +0000

Hey Lily,

I'd keep away from technical arguments since IT will lap you just like you'd 
lap them in statistics. I would keep focus on that the goal of the hospital is 
patient care and that your intention is to do your best work possible and you 
would do your best work on a laptop/computer with GNU/Linux natively installed, 
period. Maybe what IT is proposing sounds and would be 
overly-complicated/cumbersome for you and get in the way of your work.

Ultimately, it's ITs duty/role to support the hospitals mission, and security 
and management needs to adapt to the hospitals needs, not the other way around. 
Plenty of companies, nonprofits, governments, universities, etc. support 
GNU/Linux no problem.

You can probably flower up my language a bit so it fits better, but I would say 
it's important to be a little firm and not cave. Keep the ball in your court.

I hope that helped and I wish you the best of luck. I find it admirable that 
you're taking a stand for freedom.

Yours,
Roberto Beltran
https://libremiami.org/

‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ Original Message ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐
On Tuesday, January 14, 2020 3:49 AM, lily via libreplanet-discuss 
<address@hidden> wrote:

> Hello All!
>
> I have a last minute question on how to prepare for a meeting tomorrow
> Tuesday 2pm Pacific Standard time. PLEASE RESPOND SOON!
>
> I work as a biostatistician for a hospital and when I started working
> there I requested a computer with a GNU+Linux OS. My request was
> promptly denied, because IT said they simply do not support Unix.
>
> But TOMORROW, there will be a meeting with the following objective:
> Discuss request for Providing a GNU+Linux operating system for a
>
> caregiver that will be using statistical software.
>
> The Principle IT engineer wrote this email in anticipation of the
> meeting:
>
> Greetings, I have passed information about this meeting to the manager
>
> of the Unix Server Operations team in case he wants to get anyone
>
> involved. I am also very concerned about the management and security
>
> of such a one off device. Given the network nature of Unix/Linux is
>
> there any reason that a Linux client server couldn't be provided
>
> instead with an X Windows Server provided on the Windows laptop to
>
> connect and utilize software that is installed (and hopefully managed)
>
> on the server? While this is overkill for a single user I suspect
>
> that there are a lot more users in the various informatics departments
>
> that might welcome such a service. I hope this helps stir up some
>
> ideas.
>
> Principle IT Engineer
>
> My background is in mathematics/statistics, but I am a supporter of
> Free Software because of all the good reasons why Free Software is
> what it is. I do not have any technical background with regard to
> servers, server client, network, etc and so I feel I will struggle
> with explaining why I made this request, why I think this is a good OS
> for serving our patients, and why it would be good for the long run to
> support GNU+Linux OS computers.
>
> My question for the Libre community is: How do I present my case for
>
> tomorrow to explain why it is beneficial for IT at this hospital to have 
> support
>
> caregivers that wish to work on a computer with a GNU+Linux OS?
>
> Please help!
>
> Thank you!
>
> Crista Hello All!
>
> I have a last minute question on how to prepare for a meeting tomorrow
>
> Tuesday 2pm Pacific Standard time. PLEASE RESPOND SOON!
>
> I work as a biostatistician for a hospital and when I started working
>
> there I requested a computer with a GNU+Linux OS. My request was
>
> promptly denied, because IT said they simply do not support Unix.
>
> But TOMORROW, there will be a meeting with the following objective:
>
> Discuss request for Providing a GNU+Linux operating system for a
>
> caregiver that will be using statistical software.
>
> The Principle IT engineer wrote this email in anticipation of the
>
> meeting:
>
> Greetings, I have passed information about this meeting to the manager
>
> of the Unix Server Operations team in case he wants to get anyone
>
> involved. I am also very concerned about the management and security
>
> of such a one off device. Given the network nature of Unix/Linux is
>
> there any reason that a Linux client server couldn't be provided
>
> instead with an X Windows Server provided on the Windows laptop to
>
> connect and utilize software that is installed (and hopefully managed)
>
> on the server? While this is overkill for a single user I suspect
>
> that there are a lot more users in the various informatics departments
>
> that might welcome such a service. I hope this helps stir up some
>
> ideas.
>
> Principle IT Engineer
>
> My background is in mathematics/statistics, but I am a supporter of
>
> Free Software because of all the good reasons why Free Software is
>
> what it is. I do not have any technical background with regard to
>
> servers, server client, network, etc and so I feel I will struggle
>
> with explaining why I made this request, why I think this is a good OS
>
> for serving our patients, and why it would be good for the long run to
>
> support GNU+Linux OS computers.
>
> My question for the Libre community is: How do I present my case for
>
> tomorrow to explain why it is beneficial for IT at this hospital to
> have support
>
> caregivers that wish to work on a computer with a GNU+Linux OS?
>
> Please help!
>
> Thank you!
>
> Crista
>
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