NLedu campaign plan, draft

Karsten Gerloff gerloff at
Fri Nov 25 16:37:11 CET 2011

On Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 09:17:11PM +0100, Sam Geeraerts wrote:
> Jan Stedehouder wrote:
> >I agree completely. For that reason we include writing a whitepaper on
> >alternatives. Your remarks makes me wonder whether we also shouldn't
> >include information on how easy it is to move from the current
> >proprietary/ closed standards solution to an open solution. Just
> >pointing out the alternatives might not be enough.
> I'm guessing that such a move won't always be easy. Then it's good
> to point out the difference between exit costs and entry costs, so
> that the open solution is not blamed for the whole cost and effort
> of moving.

Right. Another point to include is that whatever new solution
organisations acquire, they should always figure in the future
costs of getting out of that solution again in, say, five years
in the future. After all, nothing in IT lasts forever.

This is a point which FSFE has been making consistently and with
some success in debates on public procurement.

Best regards,
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