Re: Rockin' on without Microsoft
From: Mike (bobglobe_at_yahoo.com)
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2003 01:47:25 +0000
Here's a great exerpt from that article:
Q: You've pretty much gotten by with off-the-shelf software. Was it tough to
find everything you needed in the open-source world?
A: Yeah, there are some things that are tough to find, like payroll
software. We found something, and it works well. But the developers need to
start writing the real-world applications people need to run a
business...engineering, art and design tools, that kind of stuff...They're
all trying to build servers that already exist and do a whole bunch of
stuff that's already out there...I think there's a lot of room to not just
create an alternative to Microsoft but really take the next step and do
Q: Any thoughts on SCO's claims on Linux? What if SCO wins?
A: There are too many what-ifs. What if they lose? What if IBM buys them? I
really don't know, and I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. But I
can't believe somebody really wants to claim ownership of Linux...it's not
going to make me think twice.
You see, I'm not in this just to get free software. No. 1, I don't think
there's any such thing as free software. I think there's a cost in
implementing all of it. How much of a cost depends on whom you talk to.
Microsoft and some analysts will tell you about all the support calls and
service problems. That's hysterical. Have they worked in my office? I can
find out how many calls my guys have made to Red Hat, but I'm pretty sure
the answer is none or close to it...It just doesn't crash as much as
Windows. And I don't have to buy new computers every time they come out
with a new release and abandon the old one.
Has Microsoft tried to win you back?
Microsoft is a growing business with $49 billion in the bank. What do they
care about me? If they cared about me, they wouldn't have approached me the
way they did in the first place...And I'm glad they didn't try to get me
back. I thank them for opening my eyes, because I'm definitely money ahead
now and I'm definitely just as productive, and I don't have any problems
communicating with my customers. So thank you, Microsoft.