Paying Above Market Price For Software

I downloaded a chart from the Government of Manitoba today and thought to check what software created it.
Adobe InDesign CS5.5 (7.5)
That’s a release from 2011/2012. It costs ~$20 per month per user… I wonder how many users they have. Hundreds? Thousands? Everyone? That’s a lot of taxpayers’ money going to waste when they could create PDFs just fine with LibreOffice, say, or a bunch of other applications in Debian GNU/Linux, like GNUmeric for $0 for as many users as they want.

I liked the LibreOffice output best, it was almost perfect. I had to rotate the Y-axis label 90º with Inkscape after exporting this SVG but printing as PDF worked directly.
I used GIMP to match the colours of the green columns but the red I chose randomly seemed close enough. I certainly don’t see any need to use M$’s OS or Adobe’s applications. Of course, they defined PDF… but taxpayers deserve better use of funds than paying above the market price for software. This exercise was done on Debian GNU/Linux operating system and included the necessary applications for one low price, $0.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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3 Responses to Paying Above Market Price For Software

  1. dougman says:

    Even Billy gets Linux for education; justs say NO to Win-Dohs!

    Screenshot of Ubuntu on Billies Facebook page: https://www.dropbox.com/s/5zg93x90kip082l/Screenshot%20from%202015-01-30%2011%3A56%3A20.png?dl=0

  2. Deaf Spy wrote, “that sounds to me like work for more than $20.”

    No, I don’t charge myself that much. It was just a few seconds, less than a minute. That’s the beauty of SVG, one can always edit the file as text or use Inkscape as I did. I guess there is at least one bug left… but at least it’s a small one. I only used SVG to display the image on this site. To produce the PDF that the government did was trivial and straightforward.

  3. Deaf Spy says:

    I liked the LibreOffice output best, it was almost perfect. I had to rotate the Y-axis label 90º with Inkscape after exporting this SVG but printing as PDF worked directly. I used GIMP to match the colours of the green columns but the red I chose randomly seemed close enough.

    Hm, that sounds to me like work for more than $20.

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