I also started this as a thread in the E-Government group…
As I dip my toe into the social media hot tub, I’ve found a community that espouses the use of open source, free applications. Things like Kubuntu or Ubuntu which are free operating systems (much like Windows) or even something as simple as Open Office, which are free productivity applications that basically eliminate the need for any Microsoft applications (windows, Powerpoint, Excel, etc…).
Now, In the effort of full disclosure, I’ll freely admit that I’m a devotee of the ‘Cult of Free’. I’m also a bit of a contrarian, I enjoy asking ‘why’ and doing things that are not exactly in line with the status quo. It’s one of the reasons I got kicked out ofhte CG Academy, but I digress….
The point is, I like the idea of thumbing my nose at Jobs and Gates (although I love iTunes and my iPod, so I’m kind of a hypocrite) and getting things that fit my needs, but don’t lock me in to a static solution.
Oh yeah, and since it’s free we’d be saving the taxpayer some money.