StarOffice/OpenOffice.. breaking out of Microsoft Licencing Scheme

Amazing how Microsoft can't break out of their dead-end boxed CD licensing scheme..

My wife is a 2nd grade teacher in Santa Clara Unified School District. She got a new computer for the start of the school year, and she realized that she didn't have a copy of Microsoft Office. So she asked if she could borrow my CD, I told her not legal because of the Licencing. Instead I downloaded StarOffice/OpenOffice and burnt her a CD. She liked OpenOffice so much that she left it in the Teacher's Staff Room. Two weeks later.. Every teacher at several schools are running OpenOffice from that one CD.

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Never underestimate the power of individuals to change the face of the planet... great story. js

Posted by Jonathan Schwartz on November 16, 2005 at 09:31 AM PST #

Jonathan, In one simple gesture, you have easily demonstrated the power of free and open source software to compete fairly with commercial IT solutions. In a case that emphasizes the issue of licensure, the product that is free to \*do its job\* instead of \*make money for the company that produced it\* wins. All too often in this world, we are lured into choosing a product based purely on its marketing, but clearly, in this situation, you were able to remove yourself, your wife, and her colleagues from the marketing ploy -- and choose a product on \*all\* of its merits: availability, ease of use, and cost, among others. Kudos to you for helping bring more understanding to this planet. John Muller Boston, MA, USA Associate Member, FSF

Posted by John Muller on November 16, 2005 at 12:57 PM PST #

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