Lack of Linux in small business.

I’ve been speaking with some small business tech places recently. These are the guys who will come in and set up your email or web server for your 2-20 person company. There seems to be a huge market gap for server infrastructure small businesses! I mean, do you guys realize that for an email and database server which might run you $3k-5k under Windows would cost $900 in Linux? I mean, com-on guys! I know it takes time to adopt new technologies, but this is ridiculous.

While some of this lack is because small business aren’t always keen on change, some large part is because of the lack of computer consultants who are offering Linux support to their clients.

The big question, of course, is whether this is a market opportunity or a market direction.

KDE Yum Repository

For anyone who’s interested, the KDE group publishes their latest versions in Yum-compatible format. This means that you can get automatic updates for KDE better than what Red Hat, Fedora, Suse, whatever provides. Just create the file /etc/yum.repos.d/kde.repo, with the contents:

# kde-redhat.repo, v1.0
#
[kde-redhat-stable]
name=kde-redhat-stable
mirrorlist=http://apt.kde-redhat.org/apt/kde-redhat/fedora/$releasever/$basearch/stable/mirrors
gpgcheck=1
gpgkey=http://apt.kde-redhat.org/apt/kde-redhat/kde-redhat.RPM-GPG-KEY
enabled=1
#
[kde-redhat-stable-all]
name=kde-redhat-stable-all
mirrorlist=http://apt.kde-redhat.org/apt/kde-redhat/all/stable/mirrors
gpgcheck=1
gpgkey=http://apt.kde-redhat.org/apt/kde-redhat/kde-redhat.RPM-GPG-KEY
enabled=1
#
# NOTE: enable/disable *both* testing/testing-all together; requires/depends-on stable
[kde-redhat-testing]
name=kde-redhat-testing
mirrorlist=http://apt.kde-redhat.org/apt/kde-redhat/fedora/$releasever/$basearch/testing/mirrors
gpgcheck=1
gpgkey=http://apt.kde-redhat.org/apt/kde-redhat/kde-redhat.RPM-GPG-KEY
enabled=0
#
[kde-redhat-testing-all]
name=kde-redhat-testing-all
mirrorlist=http://apt.kde-redhat.org/apt/kde-redhat/all/testing/mirrors
gpgcheck=1
gpgkey=http://apt.kde-redhat.org/apt/kde-redhat/kde-redhat.RPM-GPG-KEY
enabled=0
#
# NOTE: enable/disable *both* unstable,unstable-all together; requires/depends-on testing
[kde-redhat-unstable]
name=kde-redhat-unstable
mirrorlist=http://apt.kde-redhat.org/apt/kde-redhat/fedora/$releasever/$basearch/unstable/mirrors
gpgcheck=1
gpgkey=http://apt.kde-redhat.org/apt/kde-redhat/kde-redhat.RPM-GPG-KEY
enabled=0
#
[kde-redhat-unstable-all]
name=kde-redhat-unstable-all
mirrorlist=http://apt.kde-redhat.org/apt/kde-redhat/all/unstable/mirrors
gpgcheck=1
gpgkey=http://apt.kde-redhat.org/apt/kde-redhat/kde-redhat.RPM-GPG-KEY
enabled=0

Then run yum update, and it will install the latest KDE stuff.

Business Progresses

When I first started my latest attempt to take over the world — aka, start my own business — I did so with three main concepts. One of them was to start an electronic voting company, with a new and refreshed look at the subject.

Unfortunately, it turned out that my new and novel approach had already been patented. I contacted the patent holder, and unfortunately he was not willing to part with it or even participate for anywhere near a reasonable arrangement. Further research into this market will tell you that there are some big players involved — going up against them would take a pretty serious commitment from people with deep pockets. Since electronic voting is not my area of most expertise, and because I don’t have those sorts of pockets, I’ve decided to side-line the electronic voting market, in lieu of my other 2 business ideas. Coincidentally, I have managed to make notable progress in both those other areas, although one more than the other. I’ll post more about those in a bit.

Ouch

I slept wrong a few nights ago, and somehow managed to pull every muscle around my left shoulder blade. My fiancee — scratch that — wife gets that kind of thing every now and then and asks me for a massage. I never realized how much it hurts. There are a few things I should be working on at the moment to grow my private business, but I can’t really concentrate on them.

Of course, pretty much any time you see a new blog entry here, its because I’m not doing whatever it is that I should be doing 😉