My name is Patrick Goupell and I have over 30 years of experience in the computer / information technology field. I have spent the past 22 years as an independent consultant.

I grew up in Posen and graduated from Posen High School. I studied computer programming at Detroit Business Institute before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force in February of 1972. I was an electronic communications repairman and was honorably discharged in August of 1975.

Upon my discharge I settled in Marquette, Michigan and worked at Northern Michigan University as a computer programmer. After 2 years I left the university and went to work for Lasco Development Corporation in Marquette. Lasco provided data processing services to 13 upper peninsula banks. I started as a systems programmer and advanced to the position of systems manager. As manager I was responsible for the daily processing of the banking software systems.

I Left Lasco after 7 years to become an independent software contractor/consultant. I worked with large IBM mainframe computers running the MVS operating system. I worked with different programming languages and tools such as Assembler, COBOL, PL/1, CICS, IMS, DB2, SQL, and various report writers. I traveled throughout Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio working for manufacturers, retailers, insurance companies and other industries.

During this time I also learned and worked on IBM midrange computers, the AS400 and system/36. I designed and programmed an accounting system for a short haul railroad to track shipments of iron ore from the mine for delivery to great lakes ore carriers.

I also worked with Windows pcs. I learned and used MS Access, SQL, MS Office, Crystal Reports, Delphi, Pascal, Visual Basic, Visual C++ and various other pieces of software to assist small businesses more efficiently run their business.

In 1999 I got tired of traveling and returned to Marquette and focused on pcs running windows, and linux. I provided daily support in troubleshooting problems such as "I cannot print", "the network is down", "I need the newest version of this software" and other computer user problems. I designed and programmed new computer programs to solve business needs that were not addressed by purchased software.

For the past 8 years I have been focusing on the implementation and training in the use of Free and Open Source Software. Open source is a development method for software that harnesses the power of distributed peer review and transparency of process. The promise of open source is better quality, higher reliability, more flexibility, lower cost, and an end to proprietary vendor lock-in.

If you have used programs like the Mozilla Firefox web browser, Mozilla Thunderbird email client or the Open Office office suite then you have used Free and Open Source Software, also knows as FOSS.

I provide installation and training in the use of the open source Linux operating system. Linux is very adaptable and can function as a desktop computer or server. As a desktop Linux provides the same functionality as Windows but at a lower cost and with more security and stability.

As a server linux provides many of the same services that a Windows server would provide. But unlike Windows you don't have to keep paying for additional client licenses or the newest version. When you install linux you get to use it for as many users as you want and get free updates/upgrades for as long as you use the software.

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