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I'm tired of corporate buyouts being used to bolster a company's stock price rather than sales based on good product development based on competition. It's the lazy way out.
Perhaps Jerry Muelver's 'Tech Writing Patterns Wiki' can -- among the other things important to its sponsor -- help chart a course to independence by collecting experiences with FOSS solutions, and the best practices we develop while experimenting with alternatives. Alternatives geared toward permanent freedom, and relations with software vendors who, while for-profit, wish to help us without owning us.
Whaddaya say, JM?
Could be, Lou. A couple of patterns I have used in past gigs pertain to productivity and the cost of tools, though the shareholder effect is incidental. Perhaps due to a personality quirk, I invariably find myself involved in writing-tool changeovers, triage, enhancements, workflow adjustments, and (surprisingly often) complete replacement with hand-crafted software. http://twpats.hytext.com would be a good place to crystallize the "best tool, best practices" selection process with the knowledge gained from some hard-nosed experience.
---- Jerry Muelver
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