Ubuntu in the office (Gregory Storer, Family Life)

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Presentation at Making Links Conference 2010 in Perth, Western Australia.

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Ubuntu in the office (Gregory Storer, Family Life)

  1. 1. © Family Life ™ Monday, 15 November 2010 Making Links 2010 Open source solutions for your office
  2. 2. © Family Life ™ Monday, 15 November 2010 Ubuntu in the Office Family Life • A 40 year history of working with families • 90 staff across 3 service centres • 2 Social Enterprises • 3 Community Houses • Helped 10,000 people in 2009-10
  3. 3. © Family Life ™ Monday, 15 November 2010 Ubuntu in the Office Computer System • Sandringham – Server 2003, Windows XP, Exchange • Frankston – Linux Server, Windows XP • Chelsea – Linux Server, Ubuntu
  4. 4. © Family Life ™ Monday, 15 November 2010 Ubuntu in the Office Ubuntu • Full desktop operating system • Supported by Canonical • Used by many big organisations the world over • Able to perform most office functions – word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, email, surfing the net
  5. 5. © Family Life ™ Monday, 15 November 2010 Ubuntu in the Office Reasons to run Ubuntu • Saves money • 12 month trial to test • Initial user confusion • User feedback indicated a gradual acceptance and a slow increase in ease of use Reasons to run Ubuntu • Saves money • 12 month trial to test • Initial user confusion • User feedback indicated a gradual acceptance and a slow increase in ease of use
  6. 6. © Family Life ™ Monday, 15 November 2010 Ubuntu in the Office Teething Problems • Frequent crashes • Calendering system would grind to a halt • Incompatibility with other offices • Unable to share resources between offices • Most problems rectified with new releases • Printing Issues
  7. 7. © Family Life ™ Monday, 15 November 2010 Ubuntu in the Office Major Ticks for Ubuntu • Its' free! • Completely roaming profiles • Works well on old machines • Well supported by on-line communities
  8. 8. © Family Life ™ Monday, 15 November 2010 Ubuntu in the Office Major Crosses for Ubuntu • It's not Windows! • Steep learning curve • Good support is needed • Calendaring system is lacking
  9. 9. © Family Life ™ Monday, 15 November 2010 Ubuntu in the Office Software used for Ubuntu • Firefox • Thunderbird • Open Office • Office through Crossover • LDAP • CUPS • Egroupware • Apache2
  10. 10. © Family Life ™ Monday, 15 November 2010 Ubuntu in the Office Finial Decision • Support staff – risk if they leave • On going training for staff turn over • In-compatibility between versions • Inadequate calendar sharing • Some Open Source programs still in use

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