Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 26th Jan 2009 11:56 UTC
Internet & Networking Earlier this month, news got out that the European Commission is charging Microsoft with unlawful competition regarding its bundling of the Internet Explorer web bowser with Windows. At the time, information was scarce, but thanks to Microsoft's quarterly filing at the Securities and Exchange Commission. we now have a little more insight into what the EU might force Microsoft to do.
Thread beginning with comment 345552
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[2]: Comment by bile
by Coxy on Mon 26th Jan 2009 15:04 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by bile"
Coxy
Member since:
2006-07-01

Fine by me, as long as you add below

'(K)Ubuntu $ 5
openSuSE $ 5
Mandriva $ 5
Red Hat $ 5
openOffice $ 0
Anti virus $ 0 '

* You will not be able to play games you previously used to - try planeshift instead of WoW, it's better because it's opensource, you can contribute code to the project. And your documents when opened with OOo won't look or be 100% compat. with MS Office. Also your chat programme won't support all the features your current one does, but who needs to be able send stupid sound samples and huge smilies like Yahoo messenger does? The devs didn't code anything like that because you actually need friends for that... which they don't have being geeks and all.

Edited 2009-01-26 15:08 UTC

Reply Parent Score: -1

RE[3]: Comment by bile
by Eerde on Mon 26th Jan 2009 16:21 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by bile"
Eerde Member since:
2008-06-23

Fine by me, as long as you add below

* You will not be able to play games you previously used to - try planeshift instead of WoW, it's better because it's opensource, you can contribute code to the project. And your documents when opened with OOo won't look or be 100% compat. with MS Office. Also your chat programme won't support all the features your current one does, but who needs to be able send stupid sound samples and huge smilies like Yahoo messenger does? The devs didn't code anything like that because you actually need friends for that... which they don't have being geeks and all.

a. The gaming argument is lame. There are plenty of games for GNU/Linux and most games are not played on a PC anymore as you may have noticed. WOW works fine on GNU/Linux I hear.
b. If there are problems with Microsoft docs that is entirely up to Microsoft, compatibility & open standards it is called !
c. There are so many chat programs for GNU/Linux, that there must be one that comes close to or has the specific functions a particular user wants/needs. Try aMSN or Skype or Pidgin or Kopete etc. for just chat with all your email buddies use Google-chat !
d. But the most important point is that is is 'free'&'free', free as in freedom but also free as in 'gratis'.
Now can Microsoft beat that ?

Reply Parent Score: 3

RE[3]: Comment by bile
by EvilPixieMan on Tue 27th Jan 2009 06:21 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by bile"
EvilPixieMan Member since:
2009-01-27

BINGO!!!

Give the man a banana.

One of the key reasons you need your little disclaimer there about things like games platform support, document compatibility with MS Office, and interoperability with IM networks like MSN chat, is that MS are in a monopoly position and have been abusing their monopoly position to protect their marketshare.

Reply Parent Score: 1

RE[3]: Comment by bile
by kajaman on Tue 27th Jan 2009 07:15 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by bile"
kajaman Member since:
2006-01-06

That warning about Office documents should also be shown each time you buy new version of Office - their backward compatibility is worse than OOs in my experience. Well, OOo 2.4-3.0 migration gets close to Microsoft standards here, as it's pretty painful too.

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE[3]: Comment by bile
by raver31 on Tue 27th Jan 2009 10:18 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by bile"
raver31 Member since:
2005-07-06

playonlinux.com

Reply Parent Score: 3