First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
I have read this quote many times and always wondered if I would see a tipping point to the ‘winning’ stage. Today I read an article that made me think there is a chance that the tipping point may be approaching.
But the Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude believes a significant proportion of that outlay could be cut by switching to software which can produce open-source files in the “open document format” (ODF), such as OpenOffice and Google Docs.
Once the reliance on Microsoft Office is removed the need for Microsoft Windows will also decrease. Imagine the freedom of innovation that can take place when funds are not tied up buying software that provide very basic functionality.
We weren’t just missing out on innovation, we were paying top dollar for yesterday’s technology.
Innovation is one of the amazing things about open source software. With Microsoft and Apple you have one path. With open source you have many paths. Major companies like Google drive their business advantage by using Ubuntu and other open source software. Apple made a comeback by making use of open source software. Will it be a tipping point when the UK government converts? If they find success I think it will be.