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I agree to a point. (IMHO) In the US... The computer is Microsoft and  Word is what Americans use.

I am only talking about the US market. 

I asked the IT department of the #3 dialysis provider in the U.S. (DCI Inc. a 501(c)3 nonprofit 
company. I work at this company BTW. I asked why DCI does not use OOo or LibO and I used the "it's 
free". The answer is DCI has a grant or some other such free deal to use MS Office from Microsoft 
Corp. How can we compete with free MS Office?

The answer IMO.  Create a product that is remarkable

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On Jan 1, 2011, at 5:01 PM, Italo Vignoli wrote:

On 01/01/2011 09:29 AM, Stefan Weigel wrote:

What concrete benefit do we have from a big market share. What are
the disadvantages of less market share?

From I
do not read any reason for competition or fighting for market share.

We are going to promote a concept (software freedom), a project (TDF) and a program 
(LibreOffice), and if we succeed we are going to grow the market share.

A larget market share brings in more users, more press, more supporters and ultimately more money 
to grow the project. So market share is very important, although we are not going to aim at 
market share.

In Italy, we have grown from 3% to over 20% of the office suite market without thinking at market 
share, but now that the market share is over 20% we have got ink on large dailies with articles 
bigger that the ones covering MS Office. And this is growing the market share even further.

Market share is a consequence and not an abjective.

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