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 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[3]: Stallman Stupidity
by Lettherebemorelight on Thu 2nd Mar 2006 05:46 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Stallman Stupidity"
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But as soon as you insist on using them just for the sake of it, you have disconnected from reality.

You are obviously confused as to why he doesnt want to use the MS word format.

I agree with him to a point. Just because someone else walks off a cliff doesnt necessarilly mean you should follow, but you can if you want to.

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RE[4]: Stallman Stupidity
by Morin on Thu 2nd Mar 2006 21:19 in reply to "RE[3]: Stallman Stupidity"
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> You are obviously confused as to why he doesnt want to
> use the MS word format.

No. Actually, you didn't read my post correctly. I know why Stallman doesn't want to deal with word files, and it's just for the same reasons I don't want to. What I talked about is the way you respond to people who send you word files, or expect you to send them.

We are talking about non-techies here. Simply saying "Word files always screw up on my computer, and actually on most computers I've seen. Could you try to save it as a PDF?" or something like that is still 99% correct and gives people a good, understandable, and close-to-life reason not to send you and others word files.

On the other hand, people will stick you in their "weird" category if you tell them:

"This specific problem is a major obstacle to the broader adoption of GNU/Linux." (Do you want me to name some problems in the broader adoption of my favorite car brand?)

"In effect, you become a buttress of the Microsoft monopoly." (Do you think people will be nicer to you if you call them guilty of something?)

"You sent me five files in the non-standard, bloated .doc format that is Microsoft's secret, rather than in the international, public, and more efficient format of plain text." (How many people would NOT call .doc a standard? Yes, it's their secret, suprise: every company has its trade secrets. Plain text can't do formatting and embedded images, by the way.)

If you now think that I don't care about the "word mass infection" then you should read the above again. But simply being stubborn hasn't ever cured an illness.

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