[sf-lug] berkeley rent stabilization board needs open-sourcesoftware

david at sterryit.com david at sterryit.com
Thu Mar 24 12:44:40 PDT 2011

This is a bit odd and I must say a very simplified description of what is likely to become very important software to the board. Will they need multi-user access? What software are they currently evaluating? Do they understand how this software choice can affect their operation long-term? For whoever's in contact with them, I would hope these questions are raised before any specific program or technology is mentioned. Of course, free software has it's benefits but it won't do everything by itself. That's why a responsible group or company would need to provide quality support for whatever (hopefully free software-based system) they decide to pursue. 

My 2cents for free....

-David Sterry
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From: Brett Mahar <brett.mahar at gmail.com>
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Date: Thu, 24 Mar 2011 12:24:00 
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Subject: Re: [sf-lug] berkeley rent stabilization board needs open-source

>>>      and they're about to contract some non-open-source software to run
>>> their
>>>      database, so they'll be locked into that crap for the next 40 years,
>>> plus
>>>      they'll be blowing public money on closed-source software.
>>>      What can they use instead?  They basically need a database program
>>> where
>>>      they can enter data on each property, and call up the record for a
>>>      property on the screen where everything is shown in a template, and
>>> they
>>>      can hit PRINT.
>>>      sounds simple right?  any suggestions?

How about LibreOffice/OpenOffice Base? Easier to set up and use than
MySQL and such, and has a GUI.


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