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

Joseph Gulizia joe at dodgememorial.com
Sat Jan 16 13:01:46 CST 2010

Free as in Salvation definitely.


On Sat, Jan 16, 2010 at 11:37 AM, Kelly Williams
<kellywilliams81 at gmail.com>wrote:

> 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.
> Thanks,
> Kelly
> 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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