Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 19th Dec 2005 16:32 UTC, submitted by Valour
Linux "There is a lot of confusing information about the GNU/Linux operating system, open source and free software, and related issues in the press today. Many of these technologies and concepts are difficult to understand because they deviate from the standard historical traditions of the software industry. There are also a number of sponsored reports and other corporate propaganda published around the Web that smear the image of Linux and free software. In the interest of making a few basic concepts clear, this article will bring light to the darkness perpetuated by uninformed journalists, campaigning CEOs, and misleading advertisements."
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RE[2]: Nice article
by on Mon 19th Dec 2005 19:37 UTC in reply to "RE: Nice article"

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Actually, it's not balanced at all.. It's clearly written by someone with a pro-Linux / anti-Windows agenda.

I especially like the point about "I can't run MS Office if I switch to Linux" and how he claims that crossover office can run it.

Actually, CrossOver office *cannot* run Office 2003, and even OfficeXP is virtually unusable under it because of performance problems and serious bugs that render many of its features unusable.

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RE[3]: Nice article
by dekernel on Mon 19th Dec 2005 20:45 in reply to "RE[2]: Nice article"
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2005-07-07

Not really sure what your problem is, but both of those suites work just fine for me. Plus they have a bronze rating.

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RE[3]: Nice article
by on Mon 19th Dec 2005 20:47 in reply to "RE[2]: Nice article"
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Quote: Actually, CrossOver office *cannot* run Office 2003, and even OfficeXP is virtually unusable under it because of performance problems and serious bugs that render many of its features unusable.

To true...and probably for the same reasons why anyone trying to install IE with Wine on a Linux desktop has to jump through several rings of fire to get the damned thing to work. It's because Microsoft deliberatly throws up roadblocks for anyone trying to install their applications on anything but Windows. This goes all the way back to the early 90s when VirtualPC emulated Windows on MacOS. And Microsoft has been making it harder ever since. If only they could settle one ONE DIRECTORY for its DLLs, or even one version of a DLL, this whole argument would be moot.

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RE[4]: Nice article
by luser on Tue 20th Dec 2005 10:23 in reply to "RE[3]: Nice article"
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2005-08-31

and probably for the same reasons why anyone trying to install IE with Wine on a Linux desktop has to jump through several rings of fire to get the damned thing to work.

they haven't to: http://www.tatanka.com.br/ies4linux/

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RE[3]: Nice article
by on Mon 19th Dec 2005 21:15 in reply to "RE[2]: Nice article"
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"Actually, CrossOver office *cannot* run Office 2003, and even OfficeXP is virtually unusable under it because of performance problems and serious bugs that render many of its features unusable."

I run Office XP on Codeweavers; what are the bugs? It has silver stars which indicate some bugs.

FYI to OSNews readers: 2000 is marked with gold stars by Codeweavers; typically silver stars for Office XP. Gold stars are flawless performance.

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RE[4]: Nice article
by on Mon 19th Dec 2005 21:17 in reply to "RE[2]: Nice article"
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"To true...and probably for the same reasons why anyone trying to install IE with Wine on a Linux desktop has to jump through several rings of fire to get the damned thing to work."

I suspect getting IE to work under Wine with anything that resembles usable is probably a lost cause. IE is simply way too deeply embedded into the underlying platform (so tied in Microsoft originally thought it would be impossible to remove it) for the Windows version of IE to work on any other platform.

Not that I can understand why anyone would want to run IE on Linux anyway... I don't even run IE on Windows.

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RE[5]: Nice article
by poofyhairguy on Tue 20th Dec 2005 01:25 in reply to "RE[4]: Nice article"
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2005-07-14


Not that I can understand why anyone would want to run IE on Linux anyway... I don't even run IE on Windows.


I need IE and its crap Active-X for school.

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RE[5]: Nice article
by on Thu 22nd Dec 2005 14:39 in reply to "RE[4]: Nice article"
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Some applications require Internet Explorer, so one's advised to install it with Wine. I had it installed quite easily with Wine Tools and it runs flawlessly on my Slackware.

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RE[3]: Nice article
by on Mon 19th Dec 2005 22:30 in reply to "RE[2]: Nice article"
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Well how about you attempt to make it balanced, by submitting your corrections to the author along with proof.

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