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Re: [chat] Re: [SLUG] Windoze XP "registration" procedure
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- Subject: Re: [chat] Re: [SLUG] Windoze XP "registration" procedure
- From: Jobst Schmalenbach <jobst@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed Oct 31 12:19:01 2001
- Organization: Barrett Consulting Group Pty Ltd
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On Wed, Oct 31, 2001 at 11:21:53AM +1100, invisible ink (jdub@xxxxxxxxxxx) wrote:
> begin Jobst Schmalenbach quotation:
> > If every company in the world would spend some time writing, enhancing or
> > bug-reporting we would not need ANY BROAD RANGE software companies
> > (meaning office suits, OS's etc stuff that everyone needs) AT ALL.
> In my own little world of Free Software, this may be true. In the real
> world? Probably slightly short of bloody ridiculous.
Dont need this one for the "discuss" hehehehe
I know that what I have said sounds strange, but remember what the guy
from oracle said which sounded like "... too much value put on software ...
its only something driving hardware ... ".
I can only say what I see everyday doing it MYSELF. I own the place I work
for and I use linux on all my servers (and currently setting up a samba
machine to get rid of my last NON linux server), so calculating at the end
of the month I can see for myself what money went out, what money I spend
in MAN hours but also what money I saved doing things the "easy" way with
respect to system administration, or the hours I didnt need to spend
because of upgrades to M$ based products (viruses,ISS,exchange,proxies,
The next problem is that M$ already goes into this strange upgrade cycle
that only 1 (maybe 2) service packs are made for one particular OS
(see Win2K) so if you want a "fix" you need to pay for as you need to buy
the next upgrade (this looks sadly fairly the same as all those heroin
So by spending my time developing/writing/enhancing/bug-reporting
on Linux based products I HAVE to spend time doing it, but that
is fairly minimal compared to the money I had to spend to buy
the next version of YYY or loosing money because people cant
use the computer system writing proposals or whatever
due to bugs or viruses.
Thats is what IT managers need to realize, and I can see its happening.
Spending that little bit of extra time for the development of
software (eg kernel,utils,star-office) will yield money
at the end of the months .....
That is *WHAT* counts, and that might break M$'s neck.
 any upgrade of M$ products.
Educational software is like Science Fiction. It doesn't have to work, just look good.
__, Jobst Schmalenbach, jobst@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Technical Director
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