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On Fri, Nov 29, 2013 19:20:03 PM -0500, Virgil Arrington wrote:
James wrote in response to John:
I didn't know we considered trialware "cunning".

They let people create & edit documents for a while and then hold
them hostage, until the users coughs up for MS Office.

I wouldn't consider it either cunning or holding people hostage to
provide them with a free trial of software that is otherwise only
available for a price.

you would be wrong, because your reasoning simply does NOT apply to
software. Not to software of this kind, at least. Try a car for free
for a week, give it back... no problem, because you would not lose
anything you had done with/thanks to that car in that week.

Office suites based on deliberately, closed, incompatible file
formats, instead are ADDICTIVE like drugs. That's why they are given
away for free (*), see here:

and why it's wrong to push software instead of, or before, file
formats, see here:

(as a matter of fact, this whole thread is yet another proof of what I
wrote in that last post...)


(*) where "give it away for free" doesn't mean only "free trial
periods". It also means keeping the software very easy to pirate so
people learn it at home and then throw a tantrum if their company
(that can't use pirated software) tries to migrate to something else


M. Fioretti         

Your own civil rights and the quality of your life heavily depend on how
software is used *around* you

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