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[News] Free Software Makes Better Products

  • Subject: [News] Free Software Makes Better Products
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 07 Sep 2007 13:20:22 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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Bruce Perens: Innovation Goes Public

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| Open source appears to go against capitalistic economic theory, but only 
| until you look closely. It’s main developers are not it’s vendors. It’s very 
| customer -centric in its emphasis, rather then vendor-centric.  


OpenOffice.org 2.3 Features

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| OpenOffice.org 2.3 is on the home stretch with the first Release Candidate 
| being made available today. It’s been over 5-months since OpenOffice.org 2.2 
| was released, and I’m sure most users will be welcoming this update with open 
| arms.   



100,000,000 OpenOffice.org fans can't be wrong

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| Simon's official response explained the business rationale behind
| offering support for OpenOffice.org: "OpenOffice.org has becomep
| henomenally successful, Sun alone has shipped more than 70 million
| copies of OpenOffice.org 2.0," he said. "Out there, there
| are maybe 100 million copies of OpenOffice.org. It would be
| senseless to ignore that opportunity."


Open Office vs. Microsoft Office

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| This has been just a short overview comparing Open Office to Microsoft
| Office to demonstrate that you don't have to pay a lot of money to get
| a great Office Suite.  In fact, you may not have to spend any money to
| get a great Office Suite.


Microsoft Office or OpenOffice?

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| Let's turn to Microsoft Office. Again, it brings in a ton of 
| revenue to Redmond, even though there are full office productivity 
| suites that compete with it. My guess is that many of you can't 
| name one though -- and that is what Microsoft counts on, which is 
| branding power. The full-featured OpenOffice productivity suite 
| is pretty darn impressive (I've used it), and it's completely 
| free and interoperable with Microsoft Office (not sure about 
| Office 2007). Why don't more people use it then? Lack of knowing 
| it exists is a possibility, and having to download the suite or 
| order it for about $10 on CD may be obstacles. Plus, you can't 
| find it on Best Buy shelves. If customers start becoming smarter 
| and find out out about OpenOffice or even Google Inc.'s Google
| Apps, could a large piece of Microsoft's kingdom come 
| crashing down?
| [Disclosure: I own MSFT shares as of 5-29-07]


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