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On Tue, 02 Nov 2010, Peter Rodwell wrote:

Quoting Marc Paré:

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. There is always the option for Peter to
propose a change in office suite to his clients and suggest that
a free migration to LibO would save them quite a bit in
expenditures and would still provide them with the same
functionality as MSO but using the ODF formats instead.

My clients are mostly major corporations who don't tend to welcome
IT strategy suggestions from their suppliers! Sure, they're aware
of OO and open source in general but they're not planning to change
anytime soon. This is not because they've been brainwashed by MS;
it's mostly because they can't afford (financially and timewise)
the risk of having to re-train thousands of users with the
productivity drop that this would involve.

Yes sounds good. How did the city of Munich change 14,000 PC to OOo?

I do think where there is a willing there will be a way. If Govermnet
Authorities can change, why can't a corporation change. Is it what
people decide or the company? After all the employees would have to
retrain or learn or loose their job, not body is irreplacable.

I have heard often enough talk about big Corporations and all that
and yet see the world change to the point where no force was used,
besides I don't believe that all employees are stupid or lazy when it
comes to learningt something new.

I am retired and so don't have to listen too all such talk. One thing
I have seen that many here in Europe changed to OOo, not only that it
was free but it also was more stable and usable then M$ Office.

What about the Open Source and all that is going on. I doubt that it
can be closed down, and remember years agao when it started and all
the big guns smiled and thought it was just some silly nerd event.

I use LaTeX and vi or vim. My usage of a Office Suite is limited, but
again on the other hand I deal with many that have taken to OOo and
use it and I find it was something wothwile for people wiht little
budgets as well havin cleaner sofrtware to boot with. M$ is not the
allmighty anynore by a long shot.

Also does anyone listen ot "enduser"? I thin that is where there is a
big black hole too.

Sorry, but this is my 2c worth as a enduser.


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