[olug] MSWord Rqmt and MS lock in
mnmfactory at cox.net
Sat May 29 16:40:42 UTC 2004
Brian Wiese wrote:
> I think what Eric is trying to be pragmatic about is the freedom and value
> free software gives you, and by not locking his customers into a
> proprietary solution as evil as M$. There are many who would see this
> being more valuable than "saving time" or a little (maybe even a lot) of
I completely agree. However, it doesn't sound like Eric's boss (the
closed one) is accepting of those ideas. IMO, it comes down to "How do
you want to be known?" Do you want to be a talented guy that provides
real solutions the way the customer wants them? Or do you want to be
known as the guy who keeps suggestings solutions (even though they work)
that aren't what the customer wants? I think you would agree that it
doesn't make much sense to provide solutions that don't fit the
If you pick you battles then you can better win the big ones. Example: I
work at software company in Omaha. My employer is a die-hard IBM
Partner. I first had to prove my ability and my value to the company as
a solution provider. Once my reputation was established, the things I
said were given more credibility. Then, when I asked to put a Linux
machine in the server room it was accepted. When I used OpenSource
software for our comercial products (MPL, LGPL) it added real value.
I've given back to those projects too when enhancements were made.
The point I'm trying to make is that dealing with Management can be
very, very frustrating. It is for me at least. They don't understand the
benefits of things that could really help them. They have a mindset that
was established in the 80's and 90's and Free Software wasn't a part of
it. Pick your battles. Be a solution provider and be known for that.
Then when you suggest things like Linux or OpenOffice, they're more
likely to listen.
> Instead of being Pragmatic about $$$, how about Pragmatic about Freedom?
I'm not saying anything about money. I think both solutions can be done
at little or no expense. This depends on what is currently available I
Thanks for the link to the article. I generally agree with RMS and I
still do on this point. I like the GPL, LGPL and MPL. I use them when I
create software too. I am not against Free Software to any degree.
Sorry for the intrusion. :)
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