Archive for the ‘Deployment’ Category

October

26

by Kaj Kandler

Can 900,000+ users a week be wrong? It appears that nearly a million people download OpenOffice.org since the release of 2.3. Mark Herring, Senior Director, Marketing, StarOffice/OpenOffice.org at Sun Microsystems Inc. reports in details about the uptick in weekly download triggered by the latest release and the publicity of the OOoCon 2007 in Barcelona.

While the numbers are impressive, I think Mark’s speculation of cost for a regular markerting campaign to reach the same results is excessive. I think it is safe to assume that the majority of extra downloads are upgrades by existing users. If this would be a commercial product, one would not need to buy millions of e-mail addresses to reach the existing users. In a traditional proprietary software model, users register their software and with that allow the company to inform them of new releases. So there is no cost of 10c per e-mail to reach the existing user base. And some proprietary products get their users to even download automatically what ever they throw at them. I see this comparison as a bit shaky.

August

04

by Kaj Kandler

According to a survey by OSS watch, the use of OpenOffice.org in UK’s higher education declined from 2003 to 2006. While an increasing number of institutions has an Open Source Software (OSS) policy, the deployment of OpenOffice.org declined from 38% to 23% and in further education from 24% to 23% (Table 26 following).

Not the best result OOo and also kind of surprising. However, one should keep in mind that “The survey was completed by more people: in 2003, … only 6% of UK HE and FE institutions; in 2006, a reply from 18% of institutions was obtained. Whenever possible, comparisons have been made with the results of the 2003 survey. However caution has to be adopted in doing this since the roles and responsibilities of those who answered the 2003 survey are not equivalent.”

The overall use of Open Source Software has increased and most ICT managers name total cost of ownership as a main reason. For 73% is the aspect of vendor lock in an important decision criteria.

July

26

by Kaj Kandler

The European commission reports on its eGovernment website that the central administration of France charges ahead in migrating 400,000 users to OpenOffice.org.

The administration created various tools, such as an installation CD, SCORM compliant training and migration guides as well as online support services.

This is the largest migration I have seen so far announced. The plan calls for finishing the migration in 2007.

May

30

by Kaj Kandler

In an article of today, TMCNet reports, that “Banco do Brasil has completed the migration of all its Windows XP computers to the OpenOffice.org open source suite”

They report that 35,000 PC have been converted from Windows XP to Linux with OpenOffice.org. This is a lot of PC’s that now run the open source office suite. Banco do Brazil is federally owned and the Brazilian government has supported open source for quite a while. They are not only using it but actively making sure that translations are available in Portuguese as well as supporting open source development.