Niall O Broin wrote:
> On 27 Apr 2005, at 22:53, PJ Wall wrote:
>>> for Linux desktop. For example, I was talking to a mid sized
>> organisation yesterday who would love to migrate to Linux, but they
>> cannot because a vital piece of software (used every day) is Windows
>> Niall O Broin wrote:
> Surely if a mid sized organisation thinks that there are good reasons
> to move to Linux, finding a replacement for this app. or indeed having
> one written shouldn't be an insurmountable obstacle. Or maybe that's
> just a handy excuse to use when you're on their case?
Yep, I have no problems agreeing with you Niall, but I'm currently
researching a thesis in this area at the moment, and that is exactly
what a number of organisations are telling me.
We all have to remember that some decision makers in organisations may
not be aware of Open Source. I agree with you that this is NOT an
insurmountable obstacle as you say, but I also firmly believe that it IS
a pretty big one.
The incentives to go OSS are greatly diminished if a "critical" app is
not Windows compatible. Getting a similar app written can be expensive
and time consuming, and there are no guarantees that the same
functionality will be delivered. We all know about the "software
All I'm saying I suppose is that I think organisations with limited IT
budgets (not to mention ROI considerations) are willing to put up with
all the expense, poor reliability, and hassle that proprietary software
brings, if the alternative is a switch to OSS that involves uncertanty
and writing new software from scratch.
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