On Saturday 29 September 2007 01:51:59 carol irvin wrote:
> I am switching myself to open source programs whenever I
> can to save money. It is no more complex than that.
Um, I convert people to OpenOffice who basically don't give a
hoot about the $$$. They adopt it because:
* They don't need to get permission to spend $$$ (OK, so
that's partially $$$ oriented); &
* OOo can often recover broken or virussed MSO documents
(-: the delight registering on faces as "the impossible"
transpires & a couple of days or weeks of work is instantly
recovered is immeasurable :-); &
* It spits out PDFs without any extra software; &
* It runs on anything (so someone can use a Mac at home vs
WinXP at work & still face the same software -- oh, & ($$$)
not have to pay for it twice); &
* Some users much prefer OOo's stylesheets, or template
management, or whatever even down to one lad who prefers
the view-nonprinting-characters mode; &
* One clear-cut preferral for the better HTML editing facilities; &
* They can successfully read & write old MSO (& OOo) docs; &
* It's better at importing Plain Text, CSVs or InsertRandomFormat
* Variety of features down to Insert Special Character working
better, or simply having Insert Formatting Mark, or sundry
other added features; &
* so on.
In short, you may be doing yourself out of the better parts of
the deal by simply sticking to financial reasons, essentially
ignoring the others.
It's a bit like reading scripture for doctrinal reasons only: you
miss out on the really juicy bits. (-:
I have Linux users who use the penguin because:
* It's free (yay, & most of them don't know or care); &
* They can read email, browse the web, & word process; &
* There are no viruses (well, there actually are a few, but zero
of my users have ever tripped over one, & it's kind of heart-
warming to have your users tell of other systems blitzing
into the ground in spiralling clouds of greasy smoke while
they continue their work unabated); &
* Things don't change by themselves (well... the machines are
set to auto-update, so things do eventually change, but what
they're talking about is the random config changes & transient
insanity so typical of MS-Windows machines); &
* The tools to fix (or alter) almost anything are immediately to
In short: cost-sorta/functionality/safety/reliability/flexibility.
Cost is one factor of 5, & in Real Life(tm) is often irrelevant.
GIMP is not *quite* the same, in that compatibility with another
app (not always PS) is more often a concern, but in general terms
the cases are "close enough."
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