[CS-FSLUG] OT: (Long) Help with Shepherd's Staff -- OnTopic: Moving to Open Source

Kelly Williams kellywilliams81 at gmail.com
Sat Jan 16 11:37:22 CST 2010

I know what you mean your going through I was volunteering for a local
ministry which told me to leave the ministry because of some unknown reason.
They are running out dated systems and there desktop systems are good with
XP but their server needs more work and running pirated software for a
server which I didn't install. Before I was asked we were in the works were
thinking of updating the server with Windows 2008 Server which cost $$$$, I
wanted to use Ubuntu Server which cost FREE. What would you pick. But also
they would have to upgrade server hardware and thats More $$$$. They use
simple office software so openoffice would work better personally it also
free. Do the math.

On Sat, Jan 16, 2010 at 7:59 AM, Joseph Gulizia <joseph.gulizia at gmail.com>wrote:

> Church has been using Shepherd's Staff [?]on Windows XP [?][?] for many
> years.  I am having trouble doing the following:
> 1) Printing end of year statements...database errors.
> 2) Exporting to Excel ( the only spreadsheet option it gives )
> I have to do end-of-year reporting soon and it's a pain.
> Without starting a flame war I'd like to find a similar open source program
> and one easier to use....I'm even thinking of hand entering all the current
> data to excel until I can get Open Office approved.
> The Board of Trustees won't upgrade Shepherd's Staff because we can't
> afford it ( fine with me ) AND
> I can't call their tech support because it's $65 per call.  The manuals are
> confusing and tutorial videos either too long and boring or don't play well.
> New minister may be open to moving to Open Source...trustee's wanted to
> wait until he is on board also.
> Machines are P3, 2.8 GHz, with 500 MB RAM....slow with Anti-virus and in my
> view perfect for a version of Ubuntu CE or other Open Source OS.
> Thank you,
> Joe
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