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Hello Pedro

On 26 juillet 2014 11:49:10 CEST, Pedro <> wrote:
Hi Charles-H.

Charles-H. Schulz wrote
Let us leave alone the fact that macros are not standardized and are
generated scripts the rely on application logic only creating a
source of
endless pains in migrations, Novell had been working on a project to
"translate" macros from VB to Starbasic. It did have some results
simple ones but it did not prove satisfactory. 

Maybe it needs more money/time invested?

Perhaps. I don't have the numbers but Novell at the time invested in this for something like 4-5 
year and put several people on it so it was never exactly a side show either...

Charles-H. Schulz wrote
Instead of making demands on things that are supposedly blockers for
adoption (and when these are solved there is automatically a new
because it is not about features parity as it is about the will to
migrate) the real question is: who is ready to pay to implement this
that feature, knowing that often it will cost several thousands or
tens of
thousands of euros/dollars?

That is a very good point. Unfortunately people are naturally resistant
change. Any excuse is a good reason NOT to change. That being said, if
promoting migration to LO/AOO/etc is a goal for TDF/Apache/etc then
should be a joint effort to remove barriers...

You raise an important point. I think what TDF is interested in -notice the nuance here- is 
ensuring that the  businesses who contribute to LibreOffice get revenues on migrations and 
LibreOffice related project. This is what we are trying to achieve for instance with professional 
certification. As for the rest we can work with other ODF implementors on technical issues, solving 
quirks, etc. Promoting migrations would be vague I guess...

I also agree that migration to FLOSS is sometimes sold to managers as
cost because they don't intend to spend money/contribute man-hours to
projects they are "borrowing" the software from.
It does seem that thousands of dollars/euros would be a fair
when the migration of a single town caused a saving of a million

Here's my theory on this based on 10 years of consultancy in these matters. It is fair to assume 
that a migration to FLOSS ends up costing 20% less than its equivalent in proprietary software. 
Why? How do I come up with that figure? 20% is the average cost of software licence compared to the 
rest of the costs: service, support, training... You still should pay for those with FOSS. You can 
of course go a little cheaper but if you are really cheaper than you are either forgetting 
something and not doing it right or someone else is subsidizing these costs. 

To me the notion that with free software you will pay zero or close to zero is dangerous. 
Unfortunately it is a popular one, oddly enough more popular among corporate and public sectors 
than among citizens themselves.




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