[clug] Any Public Service organisations using Linix desktop andOpen Office? [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Alex Satrapa grail at goldweb.com.au
Thu Jul 3 04:42:25 GMT 2008

On 03/07/2008, at 14:20 , Roppola, Antti - BRS wrote:

> It (should) be all about risk and savings:
>  - Would changing to Linux result in savings? Maybe.
>  - Would changing to Linux result in exposure to risk? Yes. (the
> incumbent seem to work well enough, why take chances?)

I think it's more a case of raising the profile of FOSS as
  - stable
  - reliable
  - predictable
  - supported
  - ubiquitous

I would expect that the tipping point will come the day that some  
blue-suit realises that the devices around his house that give him  
the most problems are the ones running embedded Windows, while the  
ones he loves the most are the ones running Linux.

"Hey, IT guy, why does my Linux powered pool cleaner work so much  
better than my Windows powered picture frame? What's so complicated  
about showing pictures?"

I do not expect the Windows Empire to collapse any time soon. In  
fact, as long as P. T. Barnum's maxim holds true, I'm sure that  
Microsoft will make its job to be finding the fools who so  
desperately need to be parted from their money. Microsoft will be  
trying hard to sell the best profit to their clients given the  
clients' resources.

The rest of us, having minds more oriented towards making logical  
decisions, will be trying our best to provide the best result for our  
clients given their resources.


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