Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Should Microsoft rollover and play dead to OpenOffice?

Filed under
Microsoft
OOo

OK all of you Microsoft haters, take your bloomers back down from being twisted around your necks. Microsoft put out a YouTube bashing a competitor and everyone is yelling that Microsoft went back on their word and they hate Open Source after all. Is Microsoft not allowed to compete against open source alternatives? Of course they are. In doing so it does not mean they hate open source.

My friend, fellow Open Source Net blogger and editor, Julie Bort started the drums ringing with her article bemoaning that Microsoft was trying "to scare users away from Open Office". She wants Microsoft to "snap out of it". But Julie's reaction is actually pale to some of the others around the web. Over on ZDNet the reaction is that Microsoft was just paying lip service to open source all this time and their true colors have come out once again.

The ZDNet article is particularly funny because he defends open source with much of the same old tired arguments that we have seen between Microsoft and the open source community in the past. In response to Microsoft's claim about lack of commercial support for OpenOffice, the ZDNet blogger responds:

rest here




Microsoft-phobic

networkworld.com: My fellow open source subnet blogger Joe Brockmeier came to the defense of OpenOffice pretty quickly after I wrote my previous post, that Microsoft has every right to compete against OpenOffice. Of course Joe is an old open source warrior. But like many warriors, Joe is busy fighting the the last war instead of the next one. Microsoft is not the enemy they should worry about. It is probably Google Office or some other cloud based office suite which will be the next competitor.

I read and re-read Joe's retort a few times. As near as I can tell, Joe's points seem to be:

rest here

problem is

Microsoft "competes" like politicians campaign.

instead of telling us what they are bringing to the table and how it is a good thing, they instead focus on trying to bring down the others in the race.

That's not competition, that's hiding how bad your "product" or service or agenda is behind trying to make someone or something else look worse.

It's deception and deflection.

not even close to actual "competition".

mudslinging is not competition.

And no, Microsoft is most certainly not the only company out there that mudslings instead of competes. It's pretty much the corporate defacto anymore.

sad sad sad.

"Advertising"

That of MS is not advertising. I've never seen Ford "advertising" by saying "Toyota sucks", they would probably be sued. MS is legalised mafia and we - as civilized citizens - have every right to despise them.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

More in Tux Machines

Kernel: Linux 4.15, TLDR, and Linus Torvalds' Latest Rant

  • Linux 4.15 Adds AMD Raven Ridge Audio ID
    Not only is AMD Stoney Ridge audio (finally) being supported by the Linux 4.15 kernel, but it also looks like Raven Ridge audio should now be working too.
  • Linux 4.14.2 Fixes The BCache Corruption Bug
    Normally I don't bother mentioning new Linux kernel point releases on Phoronix unless there are some significant changes, as is the case today with Linux 4.14.2.
  • TLDR is what Linux man pages always should have been
    If you get stuck using a Linux tool, the first port of call shouldn’t be to Stack Overflow, but rather its “man pages.” Man — which is short for manual — retrieves documentation for a given program. Unfortunately, this can often be dense, hard to understand, and lacking in practical examples to help you solve your problem. TLDR is another way of looking at documentation. Rather than being a comprehensive guide to a given tool, it instead focuses on offering practical example-driven instructions of how something works.
  • Linux creator Linus Torvalds: This is what drives me nuts about IT security
    Developers are often accused of not thinking about security, but Linux kernel founder Linus Torvalds has had enough of security people who don't think about developers and end-users. After blasting some kernel developers last week for killing processes in the name of hardening the kernel, Torvalds has offered a more measured explanation for his frustration with security myopia. While he agrees that having multiple layers of security in the kernel is a good idea, certain ways of implementing it are not, in particular if it annoys users and developers by killing processes that break users' machines and wreck core kernel code. Because ultimately, if there are no users, there's not much point in having a supremely secure kernel, Torvalds contends.

Unity 7 Hoping To Become An Official Flavor For Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

While Canonical abandoned their work on the Unity desktop environment in favor of the Unity-inspired customized GNOME Shell that debuted in Ubuntu 17.10, some within the community have remained interested in maintaining Unity 7 and even getting it into an official spin/flavor of Ubuntu. Posted today to the community.ubuntu.com was a Unity maintenance roadmap, reiterating the hope by some in the Ubuntu community for Ubuntu Unity to become an official LTS distribution of Ubuntu. They are hoping to make it an official flavor alongside Kubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Xubuntu, and others. Read more Original/direct: Unity Maintenance Roadmap

Programming/Development: Django and Google India

  • An introduction to the Django ORM
    One of the most powerful features of Django is its Object-Relational Mapper (ORM), which enables you to interact with your database, like you would with SQL. In fact, Django's ORM is just a pythonical way to create SQL to query and manipulate your database and get results in a pythonic fashion. Well, I say just a way, but it's actually really clever engineering that takes advantage of some of the more complex parts of Python to make developers' lives easier.
  • Hey, Coders! Google India Is Offering 130,000 Free Developer Scholarships — Here’s How To Apply
  • Google to prepare 1.3 lakh Indians for emerging technologies

    "The new scholarship programme is in tandem with Google's aim to train two million developers in India. The country is the second largest developer ecosystem in the world and is bound to overtake the US by 2021," William Florance, Developer Products Group and Skilling Lead for India, Google, told reporters here.

Microsoft Bullying and Monkey Business in Munich