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[school-discuss] Re: [IIEP] When FOSS isn't F....

Nigel Morris-Cotterill wrote:
Inspire, Inc, the Linux distribution company that has built its name on
an innovative distribution and has been in trouble with Mightysoft for
using the name "Lindows," has - unless someone is faking it - created a
website called oooff.com

It's for real, and while Michael Robertson, Linspire has discussed this on our dev@marketing list, OOoFf! was better explained on the events@marketing list, see: http://marketing.openoffice.org/servlets/ReadMsg?list=events&msgNo=174 and click "Browse this thread".

Michael has succintly explained OOoFf! here:

oooff.com sells a CD for USD29.95 (down from USD49.95, it says)
containing the latest stable builds of OpenOffice.Org and Firefox.

I know that some people have difficulty in downloading large files and
that OOo is particularly huge but even allowing for the fact that
postage is included, that seems an awful lot of money for burning free
files to a CD and sending it to people.

If you follow the discussion, it is targeted at people who are more familiar with obtaining a boxed retail product.

I can get all of that and more on a CD in the computer malls of KL for
RM5 - that's USD1.25.

If the packaging assists people to purchase a product they would not normally see to buy, i.e. open source software, then it is a good thing. Also, it is "free" as in freedom, not "free" as in beer :)

All the best
Jacqueline McNally
Lead, OpenOffice.org Marketing Project