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Re: [News] Sun CEO: OpenOffice.org Reaches 2,000,000-3,000,000 New Users PER WEEK

On 2009-03-08, Ezekiel <there@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> "DFS" <nospam@xxxxxxxx> wrote in message 
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>> Ezekiel wrote:
>>> "7" <website_has_email@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
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>>>> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
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>>>>> Technology Adoption (2 of 4)
>>>>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>>>>> On the consumer side, OpenOffice.org, which certainly promotes
>>>>>> Sun's vision of open standards and data formats, reaches nearly
>>>>>> three million new users - every week. Adding them to a user base
>>>>>> we estimate to be between 150 and 200 million users. Talk about
>>>>>> global circulation. `---- 
>>>>> http://blogs.sun.com/jonathan/entry/step_one_adoption
>>>> Mwah!
>>>> What a hammer to bash micoshaft with!
>>> It's one of those clown foam hammers.
>> heh!
>>> Notice the vague terminology - it *reaches* 3 million new users per
>>> week. He didn't say this many people use it or install it but merely
>>> that it "reaches" this many people. Whatever the hell that's supposed
>>> to mean. There's a huge billboard on the highway that I see on my way
>>> to work. I'm sure that huge billboard also "reaches" several million
>>> people per week.
>> From the comments: "For example, I and my colleagues downloaded Open 
>> Office some months ago onto our Windows desktops with the intention of 
>> evaluating it, but haven't looked at it since and continued to use MS 
>> Office. Did these downloads count towards your adoption success figures?"
>> I've downloaded and installed about 8 versions of OpenOffice through the 
>> years, but I use it for maybe 5 minutes per week, and only then to see 
>> how it still fails to compare to MS Office from 8 - 15 years ago.
> I read this comment which sounded reasonable to me.
> I would consider adding a token $1 charge to all future downloads of mySQL 
> and the like. That's the only way you'll be able to judge the true loyalty 
> of the fans of these software objects. If people aren't willing to 
> contribute a measly dollar to these software objects, you have to ask, 
> "why?" It's only a dollar.
> Hey... someone is getting a full RDBMS and it costs them $1. Great deal and 
> like the poster said - it's a way to judge the true loyalty of the users. 

    Nevermind the users. What about the contributors.

    Did they sign on for that?


    What does the average Windows user pay for the typical random bit of
OS or application infastructure? What would they be willing to pay if they
forced you to nickel and dime them to death by having a $1 fee for every
little service or library?


It is not true that Microsoft doesn't innovate. 

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