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RE[3]: Until they need support
by dylansmrjones on Mon 12th Jul 2010 02:06 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Until they need support"
dylansmrjones
Member since:
2005-10-02

Do you have sources for your claim that on-site linux support is more expensive than on-site support for any other solution?

There is no dependency on Oracle for OpenOffice. Also ODF-documents are not tied to OpenOffice. If Oracle screws up, one can switch to another ODF-compliant office suite.

There will be initial costs when switching to GNU/Linux or *BSD but these are small compared with the cost savings acquired following the transition. There is also initial costs when switching to Windows from GNU/Linux or *BSD, but no cost savings to get afterwards.

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

Do you have sources for your claim that on-site linux support is more expensive than on-site support for any other solution?


Linux admins charge more than MCSEs.


There is no dependency on Oracle for OpenOffice.

You are dependent on Oracle when it comes to the development of OpenOffice. There are numerous conversion issues that Oracle hasn't addressed, but let's pretend that such problems don't exist in favor of open source ideology.


Also ODF-documents are not tied to OpenOffice. If Oracle screws up, one can switch to another ODF-compliant office suite.


Like what? Koffice? It isn't close in functionality. And please don't list a bunch of OO forks like GO-OO where they basically make a few tweaks to the latest version.


There will be initial costs when switching to GNU/Linux or *BSD but these are small compared with the cost savings acquired following the transition.


That's an article of faith.

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RE[5]: Until they need support
by Kroc on Mon 12th Jul 2010 10:14 in reply to "RE[4]: Until they need support"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Linux admins charge more than MCSEs


That's because owning an MCSE isn't worth anything. Linux admins tend to have actual skills.

Edited 2010-07-12 10:15 UTC

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RE[5]: Until they need support
by lemur2 on Mon 12th Jul 2010 10:51 in reply to "RE[4]: Until they need support"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

"Also ODF-documents are not tied to OpenOffice. If Oracle screws up, one can switch to another ODF-compliant office suite.


Like what? Koffice? It isn't close in functionality. And please don't list a bunch of OO forks like GO-OO where they basically make a few tweaks to the latest version.
"

http://symphony.lotus.com/software/lotus/symphony/home.nsf/products

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SoftMaker_Office
http://www.softmaker.com/english/of_en.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WordPerfect_Office
http://www.corel.com/servlet/Satellite/us/en/Product/1207676528492#...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Docs

There are other options as well, apart from OpenOffice itself and KOffice, where one can enjoy full, proper support for ODF format.

Edited 2010-07-12 10:55 UTC

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