Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 3rd Jul 2007 14:53 UTC, submitted by Tony Mobily
Microsoft "The more I think about Microsoft, the more I realise that they are, possibly for the first time, seriously cornered (or surrounded, depending on how you want to see it). A little history will clarify why I think so - and why I think that this might really be the beginning of the end for Microsoft."
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Stop dreaming
by Liquidator on Tue 3rd Jul 2007 16:53 UTC
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Member since:
2007-03-04

In a few years, Linux became easy to use

Not for everybody. For some people it's always been easy to use, even before KDE and Gnome. For other, it's far from being easy to use.

OpenOffice.org is good but it doesn't display .doc documents exactly the same way as Word, so people still buy MS Office.

So it's a chicken and egg dilema. Linux and OpenOffice.org have been around for a decade or so, and they're gaining ground very slowly. I'm not worried for Microsoft's future. Companies prefer buying software from a well-established company that is the standard and that they trust. They're not necessarily right but this is how bosses think.

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RE: Stop dreaming
by KenJackson on Tue 3rd Jul 2007 17:31 in reply to "Stop dreaming"
KenJackson Member since:
2005-07-18

For some people it's always been easy to use, ... For other, it's far from being easy to use.

Now that I've been using predominantly GNU/Linux for a few years (though I'm using NetBSD right now), I find if very frustrating to go back to Windows. Windows isn't easy for me to use because I don't use it.

The author's point that

Linux became easy to use
is no doubt meant in the context of a fair and unbiased comparison. And he's right.

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RE[2]: Stop dreaming
by cyclops on Tue 3rd Jul 2007 17:45 in reply to "Stop dreaming"
cyclops Member since:
2006-03-12

"Not for everybody. For some people it's always been easy to use, even before KDE and Gnome. For other, it's far from being easy to use."

Firefox is the same on *any* platform.

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RE: Stop dreaming
by ma_d on Wed 4th Jul 2007 00:28 in reply to "Stop dreaming"
ma_d Member since:
2005-06-29

Oh please. Word doesn't display documents "exactly" as Word. WYSIWYG document editing has always been such a crap shoot that at this point consumers know better than to think what they see is what will really print.
And even if the post script (or whatever similar language is used) is exactly like the document view that says little about what your cheap printer will generate.

AFAICT, people don't use Open Office for three reasons:
1. They use Office and its advanced features (they're getting $300 worth out of Office).
2. They don't know what Open Office is.
3. They've heard of OOo, but fear anything they don't have to buy because AOL, and the other ad supported crap, have burned them out on ($$) free software.


Yes, OOo is tough on the RAM: Not that most Office users know how to check memory usage. And it's a bit slow, not that many of them would mind the short break while it loads in the morning. But from my experience, it's now a very nice document editor to use.

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