[discuss] Re: FLOSS support companies in Northern Ontario
chrisj at opencomputing.ca
Tue Jan 16 12:26:31 EST 2007
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you, TJ and thanks for the kind words.
The situation is similar here. The competition is coming in from a
number of sides, including online retailers such as Dell and big box
stores like the Staples store that recently opened up in our town.
Having Linux in our portfolio of services is only part of the reason
why we've been able to compete effectively. I think a bigger reason
for our success is that we bring F/LOSS culture to the masses: a
culture of cooperation, humility, openness, stark honesty about
limits, wonderful humour and the joy of experimentation.
People relate to these qualities much more than the contrived
marketing campaigns of professional retailers that promise "power" and
"unbeatable prices." We don't promise paradise on earth. We only
promise that we will try to find a better solution to the client's
needs than what they're using now. And as it turns out, F/LOSS
solutions are almost always better and more economical than the
offerings from big software companies and big retailers.
On 1/12/07, Tee Jay Rosene <teejayrosene at gmail.com> wrote:
> Chris Jezovnik wrote:
> > That's right, Russell. Our company has an office and a server room
> > inside PCS's computer shop and, although we're independent, we work
> > very closely with PCS on many projects. It's a symbiotic relationship
> > that's worked out well for both of us. They defer Linux inquiries to
> > us and we defer Windows inquiries to them. We go with whatever serves
> > a particular client's needs the best.
> Sudbury would be a better place with an establishment such as the one you
> run. Your site is great too; we need more of what you have here in the
> The problem with the market here in the north (at least in Sudbury) is that
> the big box stores are making it very difficult for local retailers. Of
> course, the problem is for local retailers that sell Windows machines or
> Macs, but maybe this is a golden opportunity for Linux retailers.
> Would the situation be similar in Tillsonburg?
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29 Brock St. W.
Tillsonburg, ON N4G 2A3
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