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Re: [opensuse] What are the exact differences each suse version?
- From: Bryen <suseROCKS@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2007 09:12:20 -0500
- Message-id: <1193667140.4314.14.camel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Mon, 2007-10-29 at 14:42 +0100, Aniruddha wrote:
On Mon, 2007-10-29 at 08:22 -0500, Bryen wrote:First of all, because it is clear you are using Evolution, please use
Non-sense there is more than enough freeware for Windows, you only haveI don't think you're accustomed to the problems that corporate consumers
to look for it. And in regard to MSoffice There aren't any compulsory
subscription fees after your initial purchase.
face. For the home user, these issues are not as prevalent. But for
corporate customers, there is ALWAYS ALWAYS the price of a "hidden"
cumpulsory subscription. Remember, corporations rarely, if ever, pay
the retail price you see for software. They negotiate and they get
discount buyins. Unfortunately, with Microsoft, discounts come at a
hefty price. Take for example, a customer of mine who was griping about
recently having to spend over half a million dollars (US) on upgrades to
MS Office 2007. His contract locked him in to buying it as a
As for the excuse that there are plenty of freeware options available
for XP. Sure there is, but for corporate customers, heh, the IT
Department is unlikely to support or sanction its use in the company.
They are not about to introduce new software if it doesn't have strong
solid support behind it. And that's where Novell comes in, because you
know you get strong solid support behind their products.
You speak of great experience when it comes to home users, and for that
I respect you. But your assumptions about the
culture/politics/buying-power of the corporate world are severely
I think we should make a distinction between small business and large
corporations. You are absolutely right about large corporations. However
these arguments doesn't apply for small businesses. Small business is
almost in the boat as the home user. For example often they don't have
enough workstations to negotiate discount buyins. What can Novell offer
small business and the home user?
Ctrl+L when replying to a list post. Otherwise, I (we) get a double
email from you.
Now, What can Novell offer the small business environment? Well, Novell
offers the Open WorkGroup Suite Small Business Edition. This includes
OES, SLES, SLED, GroupWise, etc. for up to 200 users. Cost: $350 per 5
users. (That comes to $70 per user for 7 years of support - or roughly
$10 a year.) Of course that is retail. Going through your
distributor, you may be able to get even cheaper discounts.
Pretty good bang for your buck if you ask me.
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