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Henrik Martensson wrote:
> On Sun, 2004-01-18 at 14:21, Fredrik Lindgren wrote:
>>I wonder if there is a business case for setting up a company reselling
>>free software to get around sceptical management. I mean, without changing
>>or really supporting the actual software, just charging for it. ;-).
> I definitely think so. Some managers great difficulty understanding that
> free software can be any good, or even that software can be free.
> The company where I work spends a lot of money on MS Office licences
> that we don't utilize very well. I tried to get a manager interested in
> OpenOffice, but made the mistake of telling him that it was Opensource.
> At that point I gave up. Perhaps I would have had greater success if I
> had told him about StarOffice, perhaps not. At least, he would not have
> confused an office suite with an operating system.
I don't know if decision makers view the software as inferior or if it
is the religious nature of OS proponents. I tend to avoid talking about
about OS because I have noticed the eyes rolling back when the subject
is brought up (for those that even know OS exists...). I think they see
Open Source folk as people who, by their nature, look out for something
other than the decision maker's best interest.
-Rob, who use many OS apps and provides a proprietary UI for clients...
> /Henrik Mårtensson