Why use Open Source when Microsoft products are so cheap... 10006
Why use Open Source when Microsoft products are so cheap... 10007
I'm not going to go on a anti-DeBeers rant (perhaps it's already too late) but since fits in too nicely with the anti MS-monopoly stuff that gets talked about here all...
That's not the way I meant that. If a student is just handing in an buttignment then how would the teacher know what it was created on. What I'm talking about happens long before the student writes the paper. The prof tells them they need to turn in their buttignment as a MS-Word document. The students take that literally. Most students do not know better. The professor doesn't know better. The term MS-Word document becomes a ubiqutous term but students and parents treat it too literally. This gets translated into "I need MS-Office to create MS-Word documents."
Why use Open Source when Microsoft products are so cheap... 10008
In comp.os.linux.advocacy, DFS wrote on Mon, 1 Aug 2005 16:45:35 -0400 Inaccurate. MSOffice has many features, including the following: 1 Mail reception and...
Yeah.. it's what a for profit company is supposed to do. Continue making a profit.
One thing that I forgot to add is "perception." Not that I think it's all that relevant but I think this is an indirect factor as to why use MS-Office. I don't know how to explain this so let me give an example.
Jill just started her freshman year at some university. Jill's dad most likely has a decent job to pay for her tuition and at that job he most likely uses MS-Office. (Say he works for an insurance company, is a lawyer, accountant, whatever.) So now he's paying major dollars to send Jill to school and he expects that the school will give her a good education.
If Jill's dad learns that she's learning and using Excel and other things he perceives as being "quality business tools" then he'll be happy. After all, his little girl is learning and using "real world" applications that she'll be using when she gets out of college.
But if he learns that he's paying $100k-plus for her education and the school is teaching her on some "free software they downloaded off the web" he isn't as likely to be happy.
Why use Open Source when Microsoft products are so cheap... 10010
Kelsey Bjarnason Whenever it's needed. Depends on your job. As far as I can tell, neither Kate nor KWrite or any other lightweight editor (in Linux or...
Hey... you don't need to point out to me that it's basically the same software and anything she learns on one is directly applicable to the other. I'm not talking for myself. I'm talking about some guy who's a marketing director at some company who is spending his hard earned salary sending his daughter to college and he's expecting the school to be teaching her with quality "name brand" software.