This morning one of the big brass comes in rather quickly and asks, "What's
this OpenOffice.org thing?"
"What do you want to know?" says Ken.
"Whatever you know."
So I give him the basics, a free suite of office apps blah blah,
cross-platform, and so forth, and he says, "Can I see it?"
"Well, I have an older version of Star Office, which is a related product."
Suddenly they are gathered around oohing and ah'ing at Office 5.2, because
it looks like Microsoft!
Geez, am I the only person left on planet Earth who remembers that Micros~1
was one of the last comers to that game? That they leveraged the install
of Winders to get Office on there too?
But I digress. The upshot was that he wanted to know if we could legally
provide OpenOffice.org with our proprietary product, and invoke it to do
things, and how far out in the lead we would be (Would we be too far ahead
of the curve in terms of leadership).
My own recommendation was to investigate but not to jump to any conclusions
just yet (since I have no use for it, I actually know little to nothing of
those ins-and-outs that you learn when you use something every day).
So then we talk about Linux and Open Source a little bit, and he says its
all just fluff. So I ask, "Yesterday you had never heard of OpenOffice.org
and today you want us to start bundling it tommorrow. Last year you did
not know anybody running Linux and now two of your own staff are doing it.
Spotting the trend here?" He's a good guy and we debate this from time to
But anyway, this marks the first time the big brass has come to me, instead
of the other way around.
Linux, the more you learn, the more you love