| From: "thelinuxmall" <info at thelinuxmall.com>
| Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2004 17:37:26 -0000
| Has anybody asked the powers that be in
| WIT "can Linux be made available" ?
| If you don`t ask you won`t get.
the problem with Joe's suggested question is it is too
easy for the questionee to "answer" “no‟.
IMHO, you want to phrase the "question" in such a way
that “no‟ is self-evidently not a politically reasonable
- “My thesis requires using Linux.
Where is the modern computing sciences lab?‟
- “Our EU computing research partners have already
set up a distributed Linux compute grid. You have
not yet, so WIT will have to refund our grant.
When and where will the Linux engines be installed?‟
of course, you must be truthful, so the above examples
are probably not usable (assuming they have no other
flaws) --- but the point is that it's perhaps more
effective to be assertive (NOT aggressive!) and present
it as WIT's _problem_ that there is insufficient access
to Linux. (I would not say “no access‟ unless forced;
being vague and saying “insufficient access‟ could be
a better negotiating strategy.)
cheers! (and Good Luck.)
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