NewsFactor: Foot in the Door for Open Source?
Oct 02, 2003, 04:00 (5 Talkback[s])
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"There is no question about it: As far as David-and-Goliath
scenarios go, the scrappy open-source office applications that have
taken on mighty Microsoft Office could not have picked a seemingly
more invincible foe. Bill Gates' silicon empire is just about as
powerful and wealthy a corporate organization as has ever existed.
Next to it, outfits like OpenOffice, StarOffice and Corel Office
look like ragtag guerilla fighters and, frankly, kind of puny.
"But it is not necessarily wise to write off the skinny kid with
the sling quite yet. Though Microsoft's Office applications hold a
lead in the business market that would daunt General George S.
Patton, open-source office applications are doing better in the SMB
(small to mid-size business) markets than experts expected.
"'The bottom line is that, where the market is right now, I
don't see huge traction for OpenOffice or StarOffice. But, that
said, I think you will see pockets where those products make
sense,' Jupiter Research senior analyst Joe Wilcox told