I have recently posted this tread on Capita support net please login and add your point of view
you should be able to find it under techincal area
Should Capita build SIMS.net to work on Linux Unbuntu 0S?
Recently I was engaged on a very interested topic that I felt I should bring up here on this forum room.
If there was enough demand from LEAs / LSU and from Schools would Capita seriously consider Writing SIMS for Linux 0S. Of course Capita would still need to sell their product for money to stay in business.
The people that I had a lively debate were serious keen to move away from Windows OS because its
Very expensive 0S to maintain
Lack of stability within OS
On top of buying the OS you still have to buy Office suite that too requires upgrades from time to time hence more expense.
Anti-Virus software is another cost factor
Recent events such as migration from SQL2005 to SQL 2008 has added cost to some school that are still running Windows 2000 that is no longer supported by Mr Gate.
I think most people would agree that most school use their PC for
managing pupil data
mail merge letters and so forth
Design Newsletter and so forth
So why would you want to buy Windows 7 OS when all this can be done with windows 2000 , How could that be call productive.
Benefit of Linux Unbuntu
Cheap free alternative OS that is maintained by Canonical Ltd
Built by worldwide team of expert developers.
Debian derived Linux system.
Free Office product such as OpenOffice.org by the way why is Capita not supporting OpenOffice ? This would save lots of money from school point of view.
so there you go its now over to you the LEA / LSU / Schools to put your point of view across and let Capita then decide which route to take. After all they do want to listen to their paying customers.
I don't know how much I can say without getting pulled again. So I'll just say that our product is fully supported on any recent Linux distribution.
Originally Posted by infoseeker