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    One Problem With Open Source Equivalents

    There are countless free open source equivalents to expensive softwares out there but why are people still paying so much to proprietry softwares? I feel that one main reason is familiarity.

    Majority of computer users would still rather pay to have the familiar interface of the programs they have been using for a long time. As of now, I am starting a mini project to aide people in transiting from proprietries to FOSS.

    Anyone got any ideas to do this?

    I am thinking along the lines of developing a system for simplified instruction manuals. Right now, I am currently trying to come up with a way to integrate manuals for FOSS, maybe something like a wiki people can turn to when they are unsure of how to achieve the same result when they are using FOSS as when they are using proprietries.

    One other idea I have in mind is to develope a standardised method of instruction, maybe with the help of something like a "manual-making software". You guys think it's possible?

    What other ideas do you guys have? If you have any, I'm all ears.

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    A big reason for corporations to pay for software is to get support for it. Sometimes the paid product is simply better in terms of functionality or UI design. Stability and maturity can also be a factor, especially for sysadmins.


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