Tue Dec 2 02:44:59 GMT 2003
So don't dwell on the definitions of open source and the packages available
and history of Linux and so on. He won't understand in the time available,
and won't care. Stress the money instead. He'll understand that, guaranteed.
Do a back-of-the-envelope calculation based on the number of ACT Govt
desktops and lead in with "Open Source can save the ACT government $X
million per year, foster a local IT industry, and improve reliability and
Follow up with "It can improve competition and remove the ACT's lock-in to a
single vendor that has monopoly pricing power". Add that "the money
currently going to a USA company can be spent on local company support
Remember he'll get told by InTACT that it will be too expensive to switch
from MS. So point out that Telstra, Peru, India and China have received big
discounts from MS simply by credibly threatening to switch. He can get
InTACT to do a serious yet cheap pilot and threaten the MS salesmen next
time they come calling. Frankly, while I'd rather that democratic
governments used open source software, for me killing the MS profit margins
Second last page can be something along the lines of "Open Source is
software developed by an international coalition of companies such as IBM,
Oracle and Apple with assistance by volunteers from around the world etc etc
and available for free use and distribution, and the customer gets all
rights to use and change the software free of charge". Look, I know this
isn't precisely true in OUR context, but it's true in HIS. If he asks you
more about open source, you can fill him in. But always come back to the
Last page should be "Other governments are saving money and creating jobs
using open source, when will the ACT start".
I just did a presentation on open source at work vaguely along these lines,
and have an OpenOffice slide presentation you're welcome to if you like.
Mine was more oriented to techos, but I made sure to cover the $ aspect as
well, and it's the bit that got the gasps and ooh-aah's.
Cheers and good luck,
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