[kwlug-disc] Terrible hit for FOSS - FUD wins again!

Insurance Squared Inc. gcooke at insurancesquared.com
Wed Feb 16 17:36:21 EST 2011


It's not fud so much as user inertia.  Gov't employees in the general 
sense will resist change and push back hard.  They were likely looking 
for reasons to complain.  It's certainly not becuase linux in the 
destkop doesn't work for business - it works just fine.

My wife and mother resisted linux desktop for years, until I basically 
gave them no choice - you want a new computer or OS or anything fixed, 
I'll only do it if it's linux. They're both now on linux and happier for 
it.

If the Germans would've been offered two choices - linux, or they can 
pay for Windows out of their own paycheques, that would've likely 
changed their tune.  LInux would've eventually become their darling OS.

On 16/02/11 05:24 PM, Michael Savage wrote:
> No more desktop Linux systems in the German Foreign Office:
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> http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/No-more-desktop-Linux-systems-in-the-German-Foreign-Office-1191122.html 
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>  Quote: "Users have, it claims, also complained of missing 
> functionality, a lack of usability and poor interoperability." end quote.
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> This is what I see all the time. I have tried to setup new people with 
> linux, thunderbird, open office etc, to no avail. In every case its 
> where is my this, that or the other. Even though with each iteration 
> of ms office, things get harder to do or find, mail merge is a good 
> example, people still want their word.
>
> It is really sad, they won't give FOSS a chance, they would rather 
> learn office all over again every new version from MS!
>
> Just my 2 cents,
> Mike
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