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Le 2010-11-02 17:48, drew a écrit :
On Tue, 2010-11-02 at 21:07 +0100, Monfort Florian wrote:
Wow ! I am realy impressed as you all seem really concerned by
churches ! I don't know if it is due to the "french" culture, but I am
not used to care that much about religions !

Yes I think it may be quite true that this is a regional difference -
not just for OO.o/LibreOffice alone, but FOSS in general IMO. Which is
really to say, in the general population.

But from personal experience OOo has a strong user base in the faith
communities, and they are many, in North America.

Education is another possible difference - I've come into contact with
some in the home schooling, religious and charter school movements in
the US. This group is IMO much more open to accepting of FOSS. I'm not
sure there is a real correlation to these groups in some other
geographic areas..but I could be full of hot air on that (what it's like
in other places) also..I do know there is interest in that group in the
US anyway.

Best wishes,


Hi Drew, same thing here. While School Board's seem to have their hands tied to IT support, many educational partners have now come on board and they would use LibO more for work if it weren't for the fact that the head offices insist on using MSO. If there were enough templates for the teachers, then we could win them over; if more students were using their LibO suites at home (we could convince them with coolness factors such as adding the ability of Firefox "personas" as well as the theming of menu buttons), the both groups could sway the school boards into considering larger installations of the LibO suite.

Religious organisations are really interested due to the price difference. However, it is my feeling that if MS sees this as losing a market share, then they will lower their prices. I really think that at that point we will not be able to compete at the price level. Then we will have to offer these organisations more value for using the LibO products, such as in the everlasting ODF formats (Marketing ad: "If the Bible were written in ODF format, then you would only have to print it today 2,000 years later! ODF puts the trust in words!"); as well, we could sell it with Templates and solid user support. (ahem ... we still need to put a clear button on our website to advertise our user support options!)

If we were to sell LibO to these two groups in N. Amer., we would then have access to a very large network of people who are used to helping others and some of which could join the LibO team to help out.


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