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Hi :)
People like to feel special and feel they have earned a reward.  So, discounts work better than 
just being free.  After all if it's free it's not worth anything and if it's not worth anything 
then is it really worth having at all?  

Also if it was free that that just shows how highly my boss/company/whoever values me.  ie they 
don't value me at all.  That is why employees given a new Mac have a boost in productivity even on 
top of the productivity they get for using a safer system where everything works without having to 
tinker with it.  

A lot of the discounted stuff is about to become legacy by the end of this month as various new 
releases happen.  I smugly pointed out to my boss that he bought MSO 2010 just in time because it's 
not likely to be available soon because the new one is due out any day and we might have missed the 
chance to even try 2010 at all if the hadn't spent the money when they did.  

I just feel really smug and clever because while everyone else keeps having problems with the 
various things they or the company have bought i just keep getting on with what i want and help 
them fix theirs.
Regards from
Tom :)  

From: Gordon Burgess-Parker <>
Sent: Thursday, 11 October 2012, 17:21
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] MS problems

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 

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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