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On Tue, 02 Nov 2010, Marc Par wrote:

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Good points Frank and we also have to consider that Italo, our
marketing guru, now says that in some European countries, OOo/LigO
commands 20% market share and that ODF adoption is on the rise and
is quite established.

Well I think it is hogher than that or een twice as much with 00o as
I can assure you here in Germany many local AUthorities are using it
already, even that they don't often put it in the open.

One example was when the city of Munich changed from M$ to Linux in
terms of OS, then Balmer rushed to save it and offfered some millions
less in licensing fees, of course with the treat that there are still
some patents that M$ has on it all that garbage. But in the end they
still changed to Linusx and that was some thousend machines.

Yes, you should look more into Europe with it as even the EU is using
as standard OOo and supportin it.

I'm only a "enduser" and use FreeBSD, hendce I'm interested when it
will appear in the ports collection there.

I don't use OOo much, mainly for cconversio of M$ *doc if I get them.

The lack of ODF adoption in N.Amer. needs to be addressed by all
groups employing ODF standards. We all need to promote its use
where ever it goes, even down to the single player such as Peter.

Undestandable, but I guess that Europe would be a better chance.

And yes, MSO format conversions are not 100% and where there are
power users like Peter, it may be difficult to rationalize using
LibO when his customers are unwilling to adopt an ODF format which
would simply work. 

Well I have often recieved these days more ODF formats then anything
else as even many friends use it and also at their workplace.


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