I detect a drift from Dilbert into the realm of Bat Man. If some poor soul
chops off his own foot with an ax, we would not accuse him of inventing a new
self-amputation tool. It's an unfortunate but unintended consequence of using
an old tool improperly. Maybe we could find a cadre of available OSOs in the
rear of the Bat Cave, but in practice we might find this effort a hard sell to
the CFO. Especially because it runs counter to established corporate wisdom.
The whole point of share-ware is to achieve maximum flexibility at least cost.
A new bureaucracy is not likely to garner many champions. OTOH I could eagerly
invest in whatever industry manufactures red tape.
Southern California Edison Company
Electric Dragon Team Paddler
SHARE MVS Program Co-Manager
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Joel C. Ewing wrote:
> Unfortunately in a large corporate environment you may have a large
> number of users with access to workstations who are not sophisticated
> enough to understand software licensing distinctions.
My experience in Fortune 100 Land is that these policies readily transmute
themselves into tools for maintaining the status quo and shielding the
incompetent rather than protecting the institution or the customers.
My suggestion is that institutions create trained cadres of Open Source
Officers (OSO, The Bear) and have one in each technical dep't. empowere to
approve/disapprovite in a timely fashion all requests to install specific open
If the glasshouse doesn't get a shovel handy, it's going to suffocate under its
own mountain of bullfeathers. When I was younger and studying Roman history, I
could understand the Roman Republic and the early Empire, but found the
Byzantine Era impenetrable. At this point in my life, I understand the
Byzantine Era much better than I did before!
Jack J. Woehr # Science is more than a body of knowledge. It's a way of
www.well.com/~jax # thinking, a way of skeptically interrogating the universe
www.softwoehr.com # with a fine understanding of human fallibility. - Carl Sagan
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