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PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It's hard to predict the future because we humans prefer to think in terms of familiar paradigms. Even the most brilliant of our species are subject to this flaw. Now, Microsoft faces its turn. The owner of the operating system that likely runs your personal computer, the company that achieved monopoly with Windows and ducked the Department of Justice's scythe to keep it, faces a midlife crisis as the world goes gaga over portable consumer devices. This is the story of what's happening to Microsoft in the handheld operating system markets -- and how it parallels the earlier, similar journeys of IBM Corporation and Digital Equipment Corporation. Can Microsoft achieve dominance on mobile devices?
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lucas_maximus
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2009-08-18

My misunderstanding of the GPL fair enough.

However just gloss over the points about we have no internal experience with any of the tech and we are given a lot of the software (including sharepoint) at a significant discount).

Edited 2010-12-14 17:53 UTC

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oiaohm Member since:
2009-05-30

My misunderstanding of the GPL fair enough.

However just gloss over the points about we have no internal experience with any of the tech and we are given a lot of the software (including sharepoint) at a significant discount).


May seam that way. Remember what I said about you not being use to the other model. Charity and school is the the rare location of not having to pay full price.

But you just said something critical. We have no internal experience. This means you cannot stand on your own two feet. You are paying support contracts people should support what you want. Yet due to the fact you don't have the means to stand on your own feet you have to take trash since that is what the support people will support not what you need.

Simple fact if you cannot afford to have 1 skilled person without bias on staff you are likely to be ripped off in IT deals. Yes a person who truly does correct assessments. I know from the sad fact of having to work as a support contracted tech and being gaged from being able to tell the business everything I know. Ie tell them I am fired. So I see ill fitting systems go on with on going high maintenance costs. You might be getting the software cheep but you have nothing to be sure you are not paying out more over time.

There are plenty of Microsoft Gold Partners in the uk, for Alfresco there is only alfresco. Lets face it Microsoft are not going anywhere tomorrow. Who knows about Alfresco.

This shows me that you are not the person. Take OpenOffice Orcale at lead went where the developers supporting it did not agree so now we have libreoffice.

Do you not have your own web developer with java skills? That person has the basic skills to be part of the group Maintaining Alfresco. I guess when you were looking for Local support you did not go looking through your local web developers.

Alfresco does not need as many signed off people as MS. Since its Open Source and anyone basically can look. If you have a perminate web site you really should have a web developer anyhow.

Open Source stuff when you want ASP support more often than not you go looking for coders who will work with the open source communities.

What if Alfresco went by by as a company as long as there are users with there own support coders who are prepared to work in a community the need of the central company is reduced. Ie it does have some advantages but is not required for the project to stay alive on the open source world equal to life support. Until either a better replacement appears or another company picks it up.

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