Any linux programmers out there? (fwd)

Shay Harding kellewic at
Fri May 16 10:21:07 CDT 2003

There are other types of programmers besides Linux?

--- Scott Walters <scott at> wrote:
> Bill sent this to me, but I think Perlers might
> enjoy writing
> an "I'm here" letter. My idea of fun =)
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: 16 May 2003 11:03:05 -0700
> From: Craig White <craigwhite at>
> To: plug-discuss at
> Cc: Ray Grey <r.grey at>
> Subject: Any linux programmers out there?
> I have a rather interesting situation with a client
> of mine. They are a
> non-profit mental health provider - the Executive
> Director is Ray Grey
> <r.grey at> I have included him in the
> distribution of
> this email.
> Anyway, I think he agrees with me that the best path
> for a non-profit
> corporation to go is open source/free software and
> he does have a
> die-hard Windows guy as president of the board of
> directors.
> Apparently the issue comes down to his belief that
> there aren't any
> Linux programmers around. Imagine that!
> They are in central Phoenix.
> I told him that there were many Linux programmers
> around and if I put
> the word out on just one mail list (PLUG), that he
> would likely be
> inundated with people, capable and willing and most
> likely resumes. I
> can't guarantee that anyone will get a programming
> may
> ultimately end up at an over priced Windows
> integrator.
> The project involves collection of data into an SQL
> database and sending
> electronic compilations of the data as billing data
> in HCFA type
> blocks...multi-user and the user interface and the
> middleware is not
> determined.
> If you are interested, please send him an email -
> feel free to copy me
> or don't copy me and that's fine.
> If you are a programmer but are currently involved
> in other projects
> please drop him a short note just to let him know
> that there are Linux
> programmers as this is a sticking point.
> If you have questions, please feel free to send them
> to me.
> The big issue here, if I failed to make the point is
> that we have a
> non-profit agency with a lot of Macintosh computers
> and no real
> investment in Microsoft Windows hardware or
> software. It's obvious to me
> that this is the right time to move to open source /
> free software and
> the major obstacle to this is that they have a
> perception that Linux
> programmers, integrators, system administrators etc.
> are not readily
> identifiable...stand up and be counted and you will
> make a difference in
> the perception of decision makers.
> Thanks,
> Craig
> ----- End forwarded message -----

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