I haven't had the time or energy to follow through on this, but I do
believe it is worth doing. What I imagine as being useful is getting a few
willing individuals to try using Linux / OpenOffice / StarOffice, and doing
their normal activities of transferring documents to and from Microsoft users.
I'm thinking that the two main challenges are
Interoperability with Microsoft users - there will always be a need to work
Selling a clear end-user benefit to the change - end users don't care about
costs or security, and will try to make a conversion fail if there's no
benefit to them.
Does the above open source solution require any retraining on the user
interface, or is it the same as Windows / Macintosh?
At 12:30 AM 3/5/2003 -0500, Jeff Giacobbe wrote:
>Just out of curiosity, is anyone exploring open source and/or freeware
>as a means to reduce annual software expenditures? For example, dropping
>a Microsoft site license in favor of OpenOffice (or StarOffice), or
>Linux desktops instead of Win2K/XP?
>Obviously the above moves are rife with deep rooted end-user politics
>and religion, but from a purely budgetary perspective it could represent
>a significant savings.
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