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   RE: [xml-dev] Open Source or Else

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Not only that, but US companies are beginning to make the transition to
open-source and alternatives to Windows due to the economic crunch. 
Here in Missouri, the economic status is dismal.  Our company is looking
to go completely Linux by 05, as are many educational systems due to
budget cuts.  Government offices are also evaluating the switch.

Being able to shell out tens of thousands of dollars for software and
servers isn't realistic right now, nor do I think it ever will be here

I'm not anti-Microsoft.  I like some of their tools, and there are
suites of authorware (like Flash) that I enjoy using on Windows.  But,
they need to think more realistically about licensing and software

Open-source is a viable solution for small market business.  And, I
think that will hurt Microsoft in the long run.

On Thu, 2003-02-20 at 15:35, Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
> I agree in the main, although when keeping up with CPUJones, so 
> to speak, the cost of the new PC stays relatively constant. 
> In the West, we are used to the idea that we can replace a 
> PC every two years.   I have to wonder if all the same scales 
> still apply elsewhere.   PCs have a way of obsoleting code, 
> so the formula for success can't rely completely on free or 
> open source code, although that is a real help.  One needs 
> to identify all of the recurrent costs.   I think the scale for 
> "relatively cheap" may vary a lot across different economies.
> len
> -----Original Message-----
> From: AndrewWatt2000@aol.com [mailto:AndrewWatt2000@aol.com]
> I think it will affect both. As economic screws turn then "everyone" has to look harder at whether or not software provides good value.
> The point I was making was that in many countries the only legal way on to the software merry-go-round is to use open source software.
> Also as the economic screw turns in the USA, UK etc companies will need to look at whether they can afford to stay on the pay-as-you-go software merry-go-round. Companies will need to look for savings to survive or stay healthy. Or be able to stay with commercial software by it providing them with added *business* value.


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