Jef Lippiatt
Jef Lippiatt Owner at Startup Chucktown

Are you utilizing open-source in your organization?

I would like to hear how others in this community are using open-source within their venture. What are your experiences with it generally or specifically? Does your venture have a specific strategy regarding open-source?

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Andrew Egan

Andrew Egan, Director & IT Specialist at

I'm an IT provider, so I'm across open source on at least a general level. I do have a linux server that's used for web development test site.

I've got a client who has a linux-based file server and a separate linux proxy. It was already in place when I took over 2 years ago, but it's going strong and solid. It rarely needs reboots or patching.

OSS does require a bit more understanding than a windows platform - there are notable differences and if you're not technically inclined it may be difficult to adjust.

I don't usually see linux on desktops but I'm definitely aware it happens. I have a general policy of "what's the best fit for this specific scenario" - but that can encompass all sorts of things, including ongoing supportability. It's harder to find good linux engineers than good windows engineers