Re: Why Aren't Open Source Tools Being Considered?

Subject: Re: Why Aren't Open Source Tools Being Considered?
From: Brian Gordon <elasticsoul2003 -at- yahoo -dot- ca>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2005 14:49:47 -0400 (EDT)

Just discovered a couple of other reasons OS tools are
"not being considered," through no fault of their own.
Keep in mind that I'm at a software startup that uses
all kinds of OS tools for other things, but not for
documentation. They did consider Open Office some time

* Many employees use MS Outlook. Outlook is the only
product, apparently, that syncs well with PDAs.
* OO documents and Outlook do not play nicely
together, at least when the OO doc is saved as a Word
doc. In fact, opening such a doc appears to crash Word
and corrupt all open Word files. (As I recently
discovered, the hard way.)
* Clients use MS Office.
* Management uses MS Office, and there's a learning
curve to OO. While developers at this company learn
new stuff all the time - and they hire people with
this attitude - management does not. No further
comment. :-P
* Already paying for an MSDN development license and
support, so the additional cost of a site license for
MS Office was not prohibitive.

If it is any consolation to OS producers, I do believe
it is inevitable that OS will put a severe dent in MS
market share over the next X years. MS can't compete
with free. :-) It's how they managed to dominate the
market for browsers, after all.

All the best,


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