Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Nov 2005 18:35 UTC, submitted by Frank Suhn
Zeta "An operating system without an office suite is limited in its mass market appeal, making this a fairly serious issue. When yellowTAB decided to update ZETA's compiler, much thought was given to this problem in particular, and finally an answer made itself clear."
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RE: The death of the OS
by Quilted on Thu 17th Nov 2005 12:24 UTC in reply to "The death of the OS"
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Might just as well run windows then, right? Somehow, I don't think this was how it was supposed to work out. An OOo/FF duopoly is not much of an improvement over an MS monopoly. Competition was supposed to *increase* our choices ..

It is a huge improvement over MS monopoly because of one thing: open standards. If ODF becomes the de facto standard, competing products will have a far lower treshold to climb when entering the market. An office can choose to use another office suite without having to worry about compatibility with other offices.
OOo is currently the only opensource office suite that can stand up against MS Office, and it runs on Windows which makes transitions way easier. Moving over to KOffice would be a far more difficult task for an office running windows.
OOo/FF might be standard among OSS but that doesn't mean that there aren't choices.

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