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 Soulbender on Thu 2nd Mar 2006 09:46 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Stallman Stupidity"
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"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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