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On 06/10/12 20:49, Wolfgang Keller wrote:
That's what I call ignorance. Ignorance plus unwillingness to inform oneself to remedy that ignorance equals idiocy. I don't have anything against idiots, as long as they don't impose their idiocy onto me.

I'm not sure you can blame it on ignorance. Most home users if not SOHO users go to one of the large retail outlets to buy their computers. What do you see in those stores? Row upon row of boxes of MS Office. Nothing else. And why would there be? And presumably MS give some sort of "incentive" for OEM vendors to include a trial version of MS Office on most new computers which now turns into an adware version of Office if you don't pay for it. Most home users don't need anything else so why should they even bother to look for alternatives?

IT departments, just like "managers" "choose" (in fact, they don't
choose at all) MS because it's not them who have to do the actual
work, so they can't have a clue. And because they're too lazy and
ignorant to get some input from the information workers who have to do
the actual work.

I would dispute that as well. Most IT depts choose MS because that';s what they have passed exams in and know. And how many of the workers know about alternatives? Not many I'll bet. MS Office has been so overwhelmingly pervading in commercial organisations for so many years now that it is embedded in the corporate consciousness. I saw this website yesterday that is supposed to assist Not for Profit organisations (charities) and schools get discounted software. Not a MENTION of open source on their website at all. It was ALL proprietary.

Keep in mind that introduction of an alternative suit requires a lot
of testing in an IT department. The suit must be stable and keep
productivity high.
With MS products, user productivity will be minimised compared to all
available alternatives.



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