Support for linux in the public arena is a big issue I suppose you could
take it up with any of the following companies for a start.
MandrakeSoft, RedHat, SuSE/Novell, HP, IBM, OpenApp. There are lots of
others, and really if he is interested a tender would the way forward to
allow a full cost benefit analysis to take place. Also you should ask
how about in 20 years will we have access to the source to allow us get
at the data? If you believe so then can you please get an old Word 1.0
document out of storage for anyone, with modern software. We can read
the books and logs of the 60's as they are all on paper but Word 1.0
from circa 1980. There is something wrong with this model.
Just for fun you could also ask how long does this manager expect the
producer of his software to stay in business?
The Roman, Egyptian and Chinese empires have all seen their demise, as
has the British, French and even the expansion of the aggressors in WWII
has fallen, and that lasted only 5 years. These are companies and as
such are subject to regulation, taxes, and takeover. Product lines have
planned obsolesce ask any washing manufacturer.
You could also point them to this mail and the front page of
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