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Re: Explanation from African About Free Software Adoption Hurdles

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____/ Rex Ballard on Saturday 01 May 2010 22:12 : \____

> On Apr 29, 2:34 pm, Roy Schestowitz <newsgro...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> wrote:
>> The Linux-Vendor Factors- Part of the FOSS adoption problems in Africa
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>> | Unlike Windows, Linux is a heavily networked
>> | OS where one needs internet connection to do
>> | things like application installation. This
>> | very factor is one of the greatest deterrents
>> | to the use of Linux here. How do you get
>> | people to use it when they have no reliable
>> | and affordable internet connection?
>> http://www.ghabuntu.com/2010/04/linux-vendor-factors-part-of-foss.html
> Linux users have been passing around entire Linux distributions for
> almost two decades.  The Distributions, originally installed on CDs,
> then on DVDs, and most recently on USB Memory sticks or SD Memory
> sticks, contain thousands of applications.
> Various package management tools have been developed, refined, and
> enhanced to provide ever improving upgrades.
> Early versions like pkgtool simply installed the software.  Later
> versions like RPM checked for prerequisites but were often too strict
> about versions.  Apt supports ranges of versions of pre-requisites.
> There are also the classic tarballs, which typically have a tar file
> which can be unpacked to a file tree, and then a script to either
> install or run the software.
> I've noticed that Radio Shack recently started selling software on $20
> memory sticks.  Of course most of this software is actually shareware,
> and requires the user to pay additional registration fees for each
> applicaton, but it shows that at least a few organizatons are
> beginning to see that the Linux approach to software distribution is
> probably not a bad idea for Windows too.
> Several commercial linux distributions including Red Hat, SUSE,
> Linspire, and Canonical - do offer commercial applications with
> Linux.  The software can be downloaded and installed for free, but if
> you want support required for a larger business or corporation - that
> support can be purchased as support contracts.
> Microsoft has warmed up to the support contract based revenue stream
> as well - IN ADDITION to the royalties and upgrade costs.
>> The Preferred Nomenclature
>> http://www.penguinpetes.com/Doomed_to_Obscurity/index.php?strip=00002...
>> Recent:
>> IBM, Canonical to sell Ubuntu-ready netbooks in Africa
> Also a nice way of pointing out to OEMs that even though IBM isn't
> manufacturing laptops or netbooks anymore, any of the NetBook
> manufacturers can get commercial software like Lotus Notes and Lotus
> Symphony - for those devices.
> Shameless plug links below
> http://www.ubuntu.com/partners/icsw
> http://www-01.ibm.com/software/lotus/openclient/
> Leads to a nice PDF file about OpenClient
> http://tinyurl.com/27jbqo7
> http://planetlotus.org/profiles/enzo-stanzione_46029

Why doesn't IBM make Notes Free software? It would help sales, no?

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