[oclug]Xandros: [email@example.com: Re: iso]
shad.young at sympatico.ca
Wed Oct 23 20:31:40 EDT 2002
On Wednesday 23 October 2002 07:46 pm, Michael P. Soulier wrote:
> You're an idealistic lad Shad. I like that. But, we must be pragmatic
> going forward in our advocacy in the short term if we're to convince anyone
> that they're not going to lose their job by picking Linux.
An idealistic old man perhaps ;) (at least in our world or under 30
I don't know how much of it is idealism. My stint at IBM allowed me access to
much of the small to medium business secotor. While some were not at all
receptive, many were actually very open to an alternative solution. Some
moved to Star Office after discovering its existence. Most were surprised
when shown a working copy of Red Hat on the desktop.
Most people will bite the bullet when it is the right and somewhat easy thing
to do (which supports your argument). They need to be shown. Xandros hit it
on the head with their general approach. I should have pointed out that from
what I have seen, it looks to be a very well developed OS. Make Open Office
look and work as well, MS will be left behind.
Everything you say makes sense. I agree with you whole heartedly. But, we
should not sell OSS, or humanity, short. The world is actually a pretty open
and understanding place. It is just a matter of perception I think. And
perception can be over come. But not if we keep saying MS is better. I look
forward to the day where we don't have too.
I don't know what the right answer will ultimately turn out to be, but it is
interesting none the less. Besides I would pay twice as much for it if say, I
were entitled to free crossover support (so those large scripts work). That
would sell to the business sector that concernes me.
Small business is so important. More than monolitic giants who may not exist
in five years if Nortel is any example - its sad that the world focuses on
the shinnigans of 1% of the business sector when in reality the world is kept
going by mom and pop organizations; look how little impact the Tech collaps
had on our economy.. almost none but a slowing of growth for a year. None but
the Americans were hurt by it. Of course their usual response to econimic
crisis is to start a war, but thats for a different forum.
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