Selling Linux to Windows Users

norman norman at
Thu Dec 11 14:46:18 UTC 2008

On Thu, 2008-12-11 at 16:04 +0200, Dotan Cohen wrote:
> 2008/12/11 norman <norman at>:
> > I have followed much of this thread which is very similar to discussions
> > on the same theme over several years. There was a need then and there is
> > still a need now for more small business applications which will run on
> > the desktop machine. For example, suppose that I run a small retail
> > business, then what do you think I need?

< snip >

> Thanks for the insight, Norman. Actually, I would very much appreciate
> if you would list what software you need, and the homepages for their
> Windows versions. I regularly write to software developers to request
> Linux ports of their software. This seems to be a field that the
> software is desperately needed. Thanks.

>From my experience the most useful and flexible financial software is
that marketed by Sage. There are several versions suitable for business
from small to large. I used to teach computerised accounting and Sage
was the only software considered to be suitable for training and
examination. I have written to them some 3 years ago when Ubuntu was
getting going but received the standard reply that they had no plans to
port their software to Linux. 


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