Talking with Solveig Haugland - Open Office trainer Extraordinaire

While I was at LinuxWorld in San Francisco I was able to grab a couple of cool interviews with folks in the community.

Solveig Haugland teaching the world to use OpenOffice.

 

People often ask, how do you make money from Free and Open Source software if you give the software away for free?  Well Solveig Haugland has found one way, by developing a business around providing training for Open Office and Star Office users.

        Listen to the Interview (8:34)     mp3 version       ogg version

I ran into Solveig giving a presentation at the Dell booth where she was signed up to give several Open Office tutorials over the three days of the event.  It turns out that Dell called her out of the blue and asked if she would like to present in order to help support the announcement around Ubuntu (it was at Linux world that Dell announced that it was expanding the availability of Ubuntu to Germany, France and England.)

Coincidently it turns out that Solveig  is part of the Sun diaspora, having worked in the Sun education group.  In fact it was Kathy Sierra, another former Sun edu alum who turned her onto blogging.  Solveig is now an avid blogger, providing all sorts of Open Office "training, tips and ideas" on her blog.  You can also check out her official website, getOpenOffice.org to learn all about OpenOffice.

And now with the announcement last week that IBM is joining the OpenOffice.org community, Solveig should see even more growth for her business.  I wonder if she's out in Barcelona this week for the OpenOffice.org conference?

Pau for now...

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