Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Mar 2006 18:45 UTC
Linux "As a Linux user, there are times when you have to play nicely with users of Windows or Mac OS - such as when they send you Microsoft Word files. When you receive a Word file, you can either follow Richard Stallman's advice and refuse it, or bite the bullet and work with it. Modern Linux word processors - such as OpenOffice.org Writer, AbiWord, KWord, and TextMaker - can deal with most Word files. But if you don't want to fire up a word processor in order to read or print the document, you can turn to the command line. A handful of small but powerful Linux command line utilities make viewing, printing, and even converting Word files to another format, a breeze."
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RE[2]: Stallman Stupidity
by rockwell on Wed 1st Mar 2006 20:47 UTC in reply to "RE: Stallman Stupidity"
rockwell
Member since:
2005-09-13

//Its very easy for business users to exchange pdf files. Supporting proprietary formats will only lead to more vendor lock in//

Spoken as someone who obviously doesn't work with many businesses outside tech ... a VAST MAJORITY of Word users still have no idea what the hell a PDF file even is ... irregardless if it's a better format.

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RE[3]: Stallman Stupidity
by ma_d on Wed 1st Mar 2006 21:58 in reply to "RE[2]: Stallman Stupidity"
ma_d Member since:
2005-06-29

So what you're saying is that knowing your stuff is bad if other people don't know it as well?
Interesting... How did you come to this philosophy?

I seriously doubt most of said people are so incompetent that the words "PDF is a format more people can look at than word, and it's much better for presentation; that's why the Government uses it for public documents" are really beyond them? Maybe if you could hold your temper long enough to let off the shift key you'd be able to explain the sentence!

But no, let's leave users in the dark. That will work very well in the "Information Age."

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RE[4]: Stallman Stupidity
by tomcat on Wed 1st Mar 2006 22:58 in reply to "RE[3]: Stallman Stupidity"
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

Hey, try getting off your pulpit for a minute. People just don't care whether you happen to think that PDF is a better format than Word. They just use whatever format is necessary/practical to communicate with other human beings. And, frankly, that works just fine for the vast majority of people. So, there's really no need to go out into the wilderness and preach the Gospel of Open Formats to people who could care less about such zealotry.

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RE[3]: Stallman Stupidity
by Soulbender on Thu 2nd Mar 2006 09:46 in reply to "RE[2]: Stallman Stupidity"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

"Spoken as someone who obviously doesn't work with many businesses outside tech ... a VAST MAJORITY of Word users still have no idea what the hell a PDF file even is ... irregardless if it's a better format."

Thanks for missing the point entirely. He said it's easy to do, not that is is being done. What most people do and what can easily be done are two different things. Now, getting people to actually use open formats, that is the real challenge.

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