[linux-elitists] What's some marketing buzzwords for what we do?

Larry M. Augustin lma@lmaugustin.com
Sun Dec 29 21:23:28 PST 2002


I don't think it's a StarOffice question.  Agreed: StarOffice is good enough
for a lot of people.  Also agreed that there's a lot of good turn-key
software on Linux.

But I don't think that we're talking about desktop MS Office users here.  I
think that we're talking about small to medium business accounting,
inventory, payroll, website, etc.

I think the comparison we want is to Accware or Small Business Manager, not
MS Office.  At least that's what I'm trying to understand, and that goes
back to my original question to Michael about what the customer wants.  I
think Michael's talking about a Linux/Open Source alternative for Small
Business Manager.


p.s. Gotta love the way MS uses generic sounding terms ("Small Business
Manager", "Office", "Windows") as trademarked terms.  Who else could get
away with that?

Larry M. Augustin, lma@lmaugustin.com
Tel: +1.650.966.1759, Fax: +1.650.966.1753

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> On Behalf Of Alan DuBoff
> Sent: Sunday, December 29, 2002 9:01 PM
> To: linux-elitists@zgp.org
> Subject: Re: [linux-elitists] What's some marketing buzzwords for what we
> do?
> On Sunday 29 December 2002 18:10, Larry M. Augustin wrote:
> > It's interesting to hear that you think this market is being ignored.
> Larry,
> This is almost exactly what I was saying outside the SVLUG meeting to you
> a
> couple months ago. It's not that they're being ignored, it's that Linux is
> good enough and has the products to get *MOST* people by. Let's look at
> the
> reality, the majority of desktop users only use a fraction of the power in
> ms-dos-office, and most people get by with using ms-dos-office and mail.
> StarOffice/OpenOffice has gotten good enough that it can support the
> functionality that most users demand.
> Linux has become a desktop solution that is darn near turnkey, IMO,
> depending
> on the needs of the company.
> I know your argument is that people can go down to Fry's and buy software
> that they can stick in their computer and it works, but there's a lot of
> software like that on Linux nowdays.
> --
> Alan DuBoff
> Software Orchestration, Inc.
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