Subject: Re: SMB Linux approaches?
From: Chip Mefford <>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2004 09:38:32 -0500

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I wish you all the luck in the world.

Karsten M. Self wrote:
| Overleaf:  a list of legacy MS Windows ills: Spam, Viruses, Computer
| crashes, Operating system and application upgrade costs, Poor vendor
| support, Security worries, Incompatible systems, Mandated hardware
| upgrades, Popups, Spyware, ...

I have spent a little bit of time over the last 5 years
ponder how to do the exact same thing, only I was looking
at not-for-profits rather than the smbs.

I agonized over this part of the approach a great deal.
and decided that I really wasn't able to go down this road.

A lot of folks use the legacy windows ills every day, all day,
and simply don't know that there is anything better, and don't
particulary care. If they they have friends who use Macintoshes,
they already get ears full of how evil Windows is.

There's an old saw about negative advertising.

I've spent some time coming up with reasons why linux
and gpled software stands quite well on it's own
merits. Rather than as an "alternative".

Again, I've been looking to market to not-for-profits,
and so I'm hoping the concepts of intellectual freedom
and completely open standards will have an appeal.

Then there is the fine point of buy once, use often.
Set up and utilize this OS and that software, then as
you grow, you just add on. No need to rekey, repurchase,
re whatever. Your cost-per-seat is not an issue. Not at

If the "spam, pop-ups, viruses, crashes," et al come up
in conversation, all the better. But not as part of a leading
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