bbgruff <bbgruff@xxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> BBC Dumps Microsoft-Backed Skinkers Apps, Switches To Adobe
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>> | The BBC is moving away from desktop apps made by Microsoft-backed Skinkers
>> | and instead bringing production in-house, switching to Adobe?s (NSDQ:
>> | ADBE) Flash-based cross-platform Flex and AIR frameworks. John O?Donovan,
>> | BBC future media and technology?s chief architect for journalism,
>> | explained that its desktop alert apps like Mini Motty and news ticker have
>> | ?hundreds of thousands? of users but ?only work on Windows, are built out
>> | of a variety of proprietary tools?, ?are difficult to manage and expensive
>> | to maintain?.
> Try here:-
> Well worth reading, but what struck me was the postings at the end.
> First post was a complaint (of course:-)) from a Linux user....
> ... to be fair, having been "put straight", he was (imo) very graceful about
> being corrected. All-in-all, a very tolerable outcome, I thought.....
> ... and the whole thing very representative of the continuing Linux
> awareness/acceptance, of course.
Mr Highfield lost his job over this issue, and rightly so, to my mind.
In this day and age, there is absolutely no excuse for excluding the
tax & licence-fee paying public from their services. I met a Dirac guy
a few years back at a Linux expo at Olympia, and it was clear that the
BBC have some very good foss people, unfortunately, they, like a lot of
companies, thought it would be better to recruit some people who span a
good tale rather than trust their experienced experts as to the right
It's a shame that engineers need to spin in order to get jobs, now.
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