Re: vector-based drawing tool that runs on Linux/UNIX

Subject: Re: vector-based drawing tool that runs on Linux/UNIX
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "Humbird, LenX" <lenx -dot- humbird -at- intel -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 24 May 2000 11:58:46 -0700

"Humbird, LenX" wrote:

> Point #1, I do realize that most people are slaves to their employment
> environment and generally cannot pick and choose their tools. This is a
> business decision, just as it would be to choose the optimum tools.

I only wish it *was* a decison! Too often, it's inertia.

As you say, people have a lot of baggage that keeps them from
always making the best decision.

> Fascination of a philosophy/religious movement - such as Linux - may cost
> your company more in the long run just as shareware does: it's retraining,
> quality issues, usability issues, support issues, maintenance issues, and
> the endless beta testing factor. Yes, there is some degree of that in the
> commercial world.

It's hard to say (and, of course, anything I say is probably
tainted). However, it's possible that the lower cost of
implementing Linux (about one-tenth the cost of Solaris, and
about one-sixth the cost of NT), and the potential saving from
open source development may off-set any retraining costs.

Bruce Byfield, Outlaw Communications
"The Open Road" column, Maximum Linux
3015 Aries Place, Burnaby, BC V3J 7E8, Canada
bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com 604.421.7189

"I should have known it from the start,
It's not the truth that really matters,
The real world tramples on such things,
Leaves your mental state in tatters."
-James Keelaghan, "Small Rebellions"

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