[OT] Free Office suite for Linux and Windows

Peter Alcibiades palcibiades-first at yahoo.co.uk
Wed Dec 11 09:49:59 EST 2013


Surely the question is:  what is its native file format?  The practical
importance of Stallman's argument has to do with owning one's own documents
and/or data, and not being at the mercy of a supplier who can orphan them by
closing down the product.  As happened to the late lamented Hypercard.  But
as significantly failed to happen with Open Office, which turned out not to
be at the mercy of Oracle.  Just as xfree86 failed to respond, got forked,
and is now a distant memory. Same with Gnome, and the result has been Mate
and Cinnamon.  And apparently something called Consort.

This is the path LC has chosen to tread, I think rightly, at the same time
perilous and visionary.  There is in their case just as in the Open Office
case powerful forces now keeping them honest.



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