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st: software licensing fees (was Picketing StataCorp)

From   "Christopher W. Ryan" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: software licensing fees (was Picketing StataCorp)
Date   Wed, 12 Feb 2003 18:39:06 -0500

Hope no one minds a minor digression, but if you can relate to the sentiment 
below, as I can, you may want to check out, an open-source 
office suite that does all the same things MSOffice does, and then some.  Based 
on Sun's Star Office.  No fees, ever.
Christopher W. Ryan, MD
SUNY Upstate Medical University Clinical Campus at Binghamton
and Wilson Family Practice Residency
40 Arch Street, Johnson City, NY  13790
Public key generated with PGP 602i available at
or via

"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the 
work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless 
sea."  [Antoine de St. Exupery]

>There is a disturbing movement in the software industry to move from
>"software as product" to "software as service". The annual
>subscription is a
>waypoint toward that final industry goal. Its a business model
>intended to
>suck more money out of the market and stabilize cash flow between
>while at the same time reducing pressure on the big software
>companies to
>actually develop new useful features that make upgrades worth
>buying. E.g.,
>other than a prettier interface, what major improvement has there
>between MS Office 95 and MS Office XP? And yet in most cases if you
>buy a
>computer from a major manufacturer you will be paying for the Office
>in the purchase price. Personally, I think (hope?) the "software-as-
>model will be killed by natural selection. Maybe that will benefit

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