[PLUG-TALK] Novell Forks OO.o for Microsoft

M. Edward (Ed) Borasky znmeb at cesmail.net
Tue Dec 5 07:07:20 PST 2006

Rich Shepard wrote:
>   For those who care:
>         <http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20061204130954610>
>   This will probably make some folks think hard about using SuSE or other
> Novell products.
> Rich
1. It does not surprise me.
2. I personally think OpenOffice.org is a piece of buggy slow junk and 
use it only when there is no other alternative. Most of the time, that 
alternative is Microsoft Office. So this has little practical effect on me.
3. I would expect to see some ugly IP lawsuits come out of this. It's 
pretty obvious what Microsoft is up to -- they're protecting their 
patents, especially in the area of multimedia. Now whether in the long 
run that's a wise business strategy remains to be seen.

Perhaps the new Congress will take a good hard look at the patent system 
and return it to what the Founding Fathers intended it to be. Outside of 
that, though, I think we're stuck with a 9,000 pound gorilla on the home 
/ business desktop. If we can keep that gorilla out of our scientific 
workstations, I'll be happy. No SuSE is good news!


M. Edward (Ed) Borasky, FBG, AB, PTA, PGS, MS, MNLP, NST, ACMC(P)

If God had meant for carrots to be eaten cooked, He would have given rabbits fire.

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