Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Nov 2005 18:35 UTC, submitted by Frank Suhn
Zeta "An operating system without an office suite is limited in its mass market appeal, making this a fairly serious issue. When yellowTAB decided to update ZETA's compiler, much thought was given to this problem in particular, and finally an answer made itself clear."
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The death of the OS
by on Thu 17th Nov 2005 07:46 UTC

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Well, that does it. It is official. Operating Systems are now obsolete - mere platforms to run the same old, same old applications on. A few old-fashioned fanatics may still try to re-run last century's flamefests. But for most people, the OS will be irrelevant. As long as you can run OOo and FF, who cares what they are running on?

Might just as well run windows then, right? Somehow, I don't think this was how it was supposed to work out. An OOo/FF duopoly is not much of an improvement over an MS monopoly. Competition was supposed to *increase* our choices ...

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RE: The death of the OS
by Quilted on Thu 17th Nov 2005 12:24 in reply to "The death of the OS"
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2005-11-15

Might just as well run windows then, right? Somehow, I don't think this was how it was supposed to work out. An OOo/FF duopoly is not much of an improvement over an MS monopoly. Competition was supposed to *increase* our choices ..

It is a huge improvement over MS monopoly because of one thing: open standards. If ODF becomes the de facto standard, competing products will have a far lower treshold to climb when entering the market. An office can choose to use another office suite without having to worry about compatibility with other offices.
OOo is currently the only opensource office suite that can stand up against MS Office, and it runs on Windows which makes transitions way easier. Moving over to KOffice would be a far more difficult task for an office running windows.
OOo/FF might be standard among OSS but that doesn't mean that there aren't choices.

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RE: The death of the OS
by Tuishimi on Thu 17th Nov 2005 20:22 in reply to "The death of the OS"
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2005-07-06

Someone will invent a better office suite still adhering to the standards. Not sure what your point is here. The good thing is that documents will become interchangeable no matter what OS or product you use. This is VERY good.

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