Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 15th Jan 2009 23:20 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
In the News There's a story making its rounds across the 'net about a woman who missed several online classes, and failed her semester, and she claims this happened because she bought a Dell laptop with Ubuntu on it - instead of Windows. She didn't know what Ubuntu was, and was surprised to see that her Windows software, such as Microsoft Office, didn't work. While this isolated case sounds a bit ridiculous, there is still a bigger problem here.
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In a perfect world, yes. However, in reality, using open formats and protocols doesn't automatically mean that the tools for the different platforms are equal, so only the most fitting ones are usually supported/provided. Thom's stance seems just too black&white to me.

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