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

From: lily
Subject: Re: Request Advice for Work Meeting on Why use GNU+Linux
Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2020 07:32:51 +0000

Hello All,

I want to give a BIG THANK YOU to the LibrePlanet community for rising up to 
answer my call for help. Your advice and knowledge helped me prepare for 
presenting my case for why I believe using a GNU+Linux OS is beneficial for my 
position as a biostatistician, and the healthcare system over all.

I will write a more detailed email soon letting you know how the meeting went.

Thank you again!

Free the Future,

‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ Original Message ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐
On Monday, January 13, 2020 7:49 PM, 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

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