> ...as Sun Microsystems is strongly supporting Star Office (comparable
to MS Word,
> Powerpoint, Excel, etc), the supply for professional office programmes
> even on the desktop level.
I agree with your analysis for the most part; however, I would make
1. Sun can "support" Open Source like Star Office only because it
extracts extremely high profits elsewhere using basically the same
economic methods as Microsoft. There can be no endless "supply" of
quality software if nobody is paying for it. Open Source software is
"free" of certain licensing restrictions but it is not, fundamentally,
free in an economic sense.
2. Organizations should look closely at the cost of software vs. their
other costs and the value of the assets the software serves. It isn't
particularly useful to avoid paying a couple of thousand dollars at
Microsoft's store if you are otherwise spending 10's of thousands on a
project, people, etc. If your project has objectives of making some type
of impact that can ultimately be calculated in economic terms, and that
impact is in the 100's of thousands of dollars or more, it doesn't make
much sense to even spend an hour worrying about how much you spend on
packaged software. It's more important to quickly put into service
whatever is going to get the project up and running ASAP.
3. If you are going to spend 000,000's *developing* new software and
have to pick a *platform* that is another matter; and the issues become