[Linux-aus] Re: [Osia-discuss] GrokLaw has full text of complaint up now

Leon Brooks leon at cyberknights.com.au
Thu Mar 4 14:38:02 UTC 2004

On Thu, 4 Mar 2004 10:08, Del wrote:
> I don't sell hardware or products so the cost of a SCO license
> wouldn't impact on the cost of the products that I (don't) sell.
> My business is entirely services oriented.

My problem (and it's not been a majority of customers by any means, 
mainly the larger-sized ones) is that customers are refusing to use 
Open Source software and Linux in particular because of the perceived 
risk of getting sued.

As I explained in several places, a typical attitude is "I know it's 
complete bunkum but the rules this [department/company/whatever] play 
by don't allow me to use anything with a perceived risk attached."

One of them even went as far as saying, "...and it's not me that has to 
do the perception, it's those [stet] PR people," and went on at length 
about how much fun it was to have your working life ruled by people 
without the veriest taint of a technical clue. He also mentioned that 
Microsoft was a definite risk in many ways, pointing out myDoom as an 
example, but same PR types weren't buying that.

Cheers; Leon

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