Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on August 29, 2006 09:26 PM
Not insane at all - proprietary software companies could literally give a rodent's behind about the customer and their data, except when it comes to stciking with their prorietary solution. When a proprietary company wants to move forward, they do, and expect everyone else to move with them. Microsoft is a prime example of this, and probably one of the worst offenders. Proprietary companies will help to bring you up to speed with THIER software, but that's because they are making money.
One can draw an analogy with the document format standard situation: the<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.odt document format is a great thing because when a company has thousands or millions of documents in a format every word processor can read, then they can always have access to their documents. When they have them in a proprietary (Microsoft) format, they are forced to import/upgrade every document if the new application version does not support the old format. This is great for proprietary companies because they make more money, but bad for businesses.
Why should we pay for software when the OSI and FSF exist and support our community? Proprietary software has been running businesses because businesses (and consumers) didn't know any better. Now people are starting to wake up and realize extortionists like Microsoft are only out to make a buck, nothing more.