I just saw elav's post and frankly the things I have to say do not fit in a comment. So, I leave an article with my opinion here.
Here in Uruguay we have a closed mind, and we are a very traditional country. An example is the one I saw on the website of the Electoral Court (entirely developed in Genexus, LET'S GO UP THE CELESTE !!!). Looking at the regulations for the 2009 electionsI found this in the general considerations in the annex on candidate payroll on computer support.
«You must have a PC with Excel 97 or higher to carry out this work. It is worth clarifying that this is strict and that there are programs similar to Excel, within the "Open Office" software, which despite having a high degree of compatibility with Excel, they are not used to carry out this task. "
I clarify: those forms contain macros. If it weren't because my dad uses excel macros and other functions and formulas a lot, he would be using Libreoffice quietly (I don't see it ready to use Linux).
Meanwhile, use Mozilla and SRWare Iron as browsers (except for the diabolical and insulting DGI web forms, designed for Internet € xplorer), and VLC as a video player, to watch the episodes of Breaking Bad. that were downloaded from some download site that I don't even know about. And my brother, is a gamer who uses the Skype and play a lot online (Not now because the machine doesn't work for him and he has to use dad's netbook until he buys a new one), so with him less.
The most paradoxical thing I've ever seen (for me a very pleasant surprise), is that the last time I went to the Ministry of Public Health (My dad is a Pharmaceutical Chemist and I take the balance sheets of the pharmacies where he works there every quarter), I saw the computer that the one who attended me used (a Windows XP) and I couldn't believe it. I WAS USING OPENOFFICE.ORG 3.3 AND NOT THE EXCEL !!!!. I have no idea if it is able to run the macros without any problem, but after so long using Excel I stumble upon this and was shocked.
As for my personal case, I have two things to mention. First i am Genexus analyst and I work with Genexus. Developers they will think badly of me for using a tool that does not only generate code (making development lose its grace), but in addition to being exclusive, it is CARA y almost impossible to find hacked (I don't know what happened to the project Altagracia that it was going to be the free alternative to Genexus and that it was stagnant for 3 years), but what you save in time, mistakes and learning curves is priceless.
The point is that for my first job, the version that I used of Genexus was pirated wherever you see it. I think the only time I have bought genuine software was when I did the Genexus analyst course (It actually came with the Course, which was around the U.S. dollar 150, with exam and assistance by tutors).
The second has nothing to do with computer science but with piracy. I am a fan of Leo Masliah and I have all his discography in mp3. Alone a of those records I have it original. Now that I have a job where I get paid more, I could buy the originals, but it would still be impossible. There are records that are literally discontinued. Records that were recorded for record companies that ceased to exist and that were bought by other record companies, and that are somewhat reluctant to reissue records by local artists.
It's a shame. Then they say that piracy leaves artists starving, when in truth it's the record industry that takes away their bread.
Ready, I finished commenting. By the way, I want to send a greeting to the Pirate Party of Uruguay that already knows me and I commented on the blog From linux.