Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

How open source is losing the charity battle

Filed under
OSS

Non-profit organisations are keen to take advantage of emerging technologies such as social networking for fund-raising and software as a service for administration, but a lack of perceived support options is keeping them away from open source software solutions and firmly focused on more traditional commercial providers such as Microsoft.

At this week's Connecting Up conference in Brisbane, staff from non-profit groups were eagerly discussing Web 2.0 technologies, how wikis could help their organisation, and the role which Twitter might play in their fund-raising plans.

"We in Australia have barely scratched the surface of Web 2.0," said Doug Jacquier, CEO of CISA (Community Information Strategies Australia), which organised the event. "If we don't move soon, we risk losing an entire generation of potential supporters and donors."

While next generation technologies may be appealing, for resource-strapped charities, government service delivery branches and non-government organisations (NGOs), merely getting existing IT to work can be an uphill battle.

Moving beyond that is both pricey and scary




Stories in the UK...

Microsoft does a lot of dumping in this area and later tries to 'pull' when they get locked in. There were such stories in the UK.

re: Charity

Yes, it's oh so terrible when big companies like Microsoft and Cisco donate or make HUGE discounts on their products to help charities operate a modern, viable, and secure IT shop.

What are these charities thinking of - I mean besides operating on a shoe string budget and getting the most bang for their buck and not wasting the time of their primary work force by making them learn new technology.

Somehow I doubt if Vauxhall was handing out 50 Euro Astra's to UK nonprofits, Schestowitz would have his knickers in a knot.

Register Article

You ought see see the recent Reg article about MS cutting the charities' air supply to milk for cash. Ugly, ugly, ugly. Here in the UK...

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

More in Tux Machines

Latest Ubuntu Touch SDK Updates Focus on Convergence Features for OTA-6

On the last day of July 2015, Canonical's Zoltán Balogh posted an important email on the Ubuntu Touch mailing list, informing us all about the work done lately on the Ubuntu SDK (Software Development Kit) software. Read more

Wifislax 4.11.1 Linux Distro Arrives with Linux Kernel 4.1.3 LTS, Xfce 4.12.3

The developers of the popular Wifislax Linux distribution based on the well-known Slackware operating system and built around the KDE and Xfce desktop environments announced the release of Wifislax 4.11.1. Read more

5 Best Linux Desktop Environments With Pros & Cons


Picture

If you are new to Linux then I'm sure you are giving up lots of time choosing Desktop Environment of your Linux Distribution. You are probably thinking to give a try to each one of them but that's very time consuming. Edit - There are other good DEs also That's why I'm reviewing the 5 Best Linux Desktop Environments with the pros & cons. The article gives you what you should know for choosing a DE. So let's get started!

Redis open source DBMS overview

Redis runs on Linux. Although the Redis project doesn't directly support Windows, Microsoft Open Technologies develops and maintains a Windows port targeting Win64. The Redis open source DBMS is available as a BSD license. The Redis community offers support through the official mailing list as well as #redis on Freenode. Commercial support is available through Pivotal, the official sponsor of Redis. Pivotal offers two levels of professional support. Read more