[lpi-discuss] Re: BS' final comments on 'spam filters' -- Sun,
Bryan J. Smith
b.j.smith at ieee.org
Wed Dec 13 13:16:02 EST 2006
From: Bryan J. Smith
> But in _your_ context of "Novell forking OpenOffice.org,"
My apologies. Based by your latter statements, I assume you don't agree with the Groklaw assertion, and the original poster here (who has seemingly and properly recognized his foot was down his throat - I'll commend him on that ;-).
Regardless, this still has nothing to do with Novell. If anyone is to be demonized, it is Sun. But even then, it's utterly mis-guided.
If you have _any_ problem with OpenOffice.org reading MS formats, your _only_ safe bet is to _remove_ that support.
The reason why they are in there has _nothing_ to do with some "sinister plan" by Microsoft. It has to do with the fact that the same, ignorant Linux advocacy would be crying fowl at Novell, Sun, Red Hat, whomever it is today if they _removed_ that support.
E.g., "Red Hat expects you pay for RHEL with MS Office support in OpenOffice.org, that's why they don't provide it with Fedora."
It never ceases to amaze me how much of a self-fulfilling cluster-jerk the Linux community has with itself. I think Ubuntu's founder was a recent, prime example of this too - especially given his "less than completely open" record with regard to competitors.
Those who cry wolf in the Linux community, announcing alleged "agendas" of others tend to be the bigger offenders of it, with their own "agendas" far from the interests of the community. Maybe, just maybe we should stop having witch-hunts and just sit down to consider _all_ the facts.
And not just the marketing.
Again, if I wanted that, I'd be running commecial software.
Why did I leave?
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