@AC vs "ignore"
> 1) Return on investment for large companies (i.e. retraining _every_ worker on the new
> systems) that and support.
response A) vista & office 2007 are both significantly different to XP and office 2003, and will have similar training requirements
response B) large companies usually don't train their users on productivity tools like this anyway
>2) Companies, and home users for that matter, want to able to ring up and ask a question as
>to why something doesn't work (and of course they want an easy solution) and expect either
>an immediate answer or one within a week, not some crap forum were your post could take >weeks before someone even reads it.
response A) commercial support is available for linux, openoffice, etc
repsonse B) most home users ask their knowledgeable friend/child/colleague anyway
>3) They want their apps(esp. Games for home users) that they have paid for to run on it
>(before anyone points out 'but WINE will work" nobody wants to have to pay for additional
>hardware to run an app at the same speed that they were before)
response A) "games" is the *only* reason why anyone would really want a particular platform - everything else has a feasible & often cheaper and/or more effective alternative
response B) for really *good* games, go to your console, where you don't have to fiddle about with device drivers & video settings to get the optimum result
> 4) they don't give a toss about 'you can edit the source code'
response A) plenty of corporations find that they care about having access to source code when their favourite mission-critical application is arbitrarily EOL'd by the vendor, bought out & killed by a competitor, or need to work out how to efficiently integrate one application with others & can't work out why it's not working.
response B) but they might care about "you can read the data file"