I think now is a good time for VL 7.1 final. Folks are more likely to change from XP to 7.1 than from XP to 7.0. And, though its likely heresy, I think we need to look at the "linux-is-free" thing as both an advantage and a liability. I had someone tell me the other day that gnucash couldn't be all that great because "you get what you pay for." If Vector had an option allowing users, when downloading, to sign up for paid support from some of the folks on this list and if that support was rapid and effective, I think more might make the switch. I think this particularly true if there were various classes of support, with a fee associated with each class. For example, there could be support for VL with an annual fee, and support for Lyx, support for etm(tk), support for kmail, etc (as to all the main vector programs) on a per call or per incident basis. Vector could set it up its web page ahead of time by allowing a cash deposit or providing use of a credit card. This would be a lot of work and might not pan out, but someone(s) with the appropriate skills and sufficient time might do pretty well and, if not, he would be no worse off than he would be if the effort wasn't made.