[K12OSN] OT: any OpenOffice vs. MS Office studies/cases out there?

"Terrell Prudé Jr." microman at cmosnetworks.com
Mon Feb 23 04:59:28 UTC 2009

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Bill Fitzgerald wrote:
> j.w. thomas wrote:
>> Ryan Collins wrote:
>>  > I have found that the acceptance rate goes up when you tell them it's
>>> the upgrade to Windows/MS Office. Rename the menu items to Microsoft 
>>> Word/Excel, etc, use IceWM and use the XP Silver theme.
>>> I did the same with Firefox when I started to phase it in, I changed 
>>> the icon to the IE e and the name to Internet Explorer.
>>> Once they start using it, then you can slowly work with them to 
>>> understand Open Source.
>> I would urge caution when it comes to knowingly making false claims. 
>> OOo is NOT Office, and if you say that it is and the truth eventually 
>> comes out, you have just thrown away your credibility.
>> It may seem expedient, but sometimes expediency comes at a cost.
> As much as I like OOo, and want to see it adopted as widely as 
> possible, bending the truth is not the way to go.
> Let's leave that to the vendors of proprietary software :)

I agree.  "Little white lies" ultimately won't do it.  What needs to 
happen is that school board meetings need to be attended, and *parents* 
need to be asking these school board members what their plans are for 
OpenOffice deployment.  These parents need to press the issue and make 
it a voting issue.  Only when politicians fear for their jobs do they 
get on the stick.

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