Talking with Solveig Haugland - Open Office trainer Extraordinaire
By barton808 on Sep 19, 2007
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.
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
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
Pau for now...