We're very fortunate at the Society of American Florists (SAF) to have an extreme systems administrator extraordinaire in Joe Aldeguer. After a few months of development and prodding, he's launched his own blog at www.joealdeguer.com. He's already published a few articles which cover a wide breadth of open source implementations, mostly about hosting Web sites on the Linux platform using the Joomla content management system (CMS).
Over the past several years at SAF, we've developed many open source solutions for our medium sized organization that literally has saved hundreds of thousands of dollars. And in these very tough economic times, open source can be a compelling solution to many IT challenges that is an equal and sometimes better alternative to costly, proprietary software. Joe and I plan to share this knowledge and experience with open source software with the association community through our blogs and perhaps in good ole print publications.
We'll approach it as a one-two punch. I'll talk about the benefits of the open source software and how it applies to your business continuity, then Joe will deliver a thorough how to on how it's all done in the backend. Until we get our act together however, I'll blog and link to specific posts on his Web site. Now let's see if I can convince Joe to get on Twitter . . .
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