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[News] Software Market Diversified Further with Apple and Softmaker

  • Subject: [News] Software Market Diversified Further with Apple and Softmaker
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2007 04:47:58 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Softmaker 2008 office suite is ready for Windows

,----[ Quot ]
| Today, the vendor announced that the finished version of Softmaker Office 
| 2008 is on sale. 


Linux and BSD are supported by Softmaker.

Apple's Mac market share rise is good for consumers

,----[ Quote ]
| So regardless of whether you love Apple or not, realize one thing: greater 
| consumer happiness hinges on Apple's success. 



Choice: The system of Checks and Balances in Linux

,----[ Quote ]
| What am I getting at here? Just that Linux has and always will be about 
| choice. And although it is probably good to keep choice to a minimum when it 
| comes to OEM deals (so as not to confuse the unwashed masses), it must be 
| remembered that Linux can never consolidate to a point where only a few 
| distros exist. Not only is it impossible given the nature of Linux and the 
| needs of its users, but even if it did happen, corporate issues/politics 
| could eventually muddy the development process and possibly the public 
| perception of Linux in general. Smaller distros not only exist for the 
| benefit of their user base; they exist as a system of checks and balances to 
| the big boys and will keep the whole entire Linux ecosystem alive and moving 
| well into the future.          


Linux needs diversity.

,----[ Quote ]
| The Human race is successful (too successful perhaps?) because of its 
| diversity over a standard model has enabled it to concentrate on growing and 
| expanding without having to worry if its heart pumps at the correct rate or 
| the intestines are routed properly. The same thing should be for Linux. The 
| advantage Linux has over the Human race is that if a better, stronger 
| skeleton comes along then it can be replaced across the board and a new 
| species of Linux is born.      


Philosophy of Non-Competition

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| People periodically ask me about competition in the open source
| community, especially competition between various languages.
| One thing Microsoft seems to have figured out is that developers
| want multiple languages to choose from and will always want
| multiple languages to choose from. Diversity is an advantage,
| not a disadvantage. Ruby, for example, benefits from Perl, PHP,
| and Python's success, just like they benefit from Ruby's success.
| Java would likely never have been released as open source if it
| weren't for the success of the other languages. Having multiple
| successful open source languages each used by multiple successful
| projects makes it that much easier for companies to consider open
| source alternatives. The more the merrier.


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