Roy Schestowitz wrote:
Rafael on Wednesday
Peter Köhlmann wrote:
/quote After an extensive two-year process of iterative
testing, TÜV IT confirms that "Open Source has reached a
very high level of professionalism" and concludes that
KDE's Open Source nature made it very easy for Munich to
ensure that the software is especially efficient and user
friendly for their office workers. /unquote
This is in a stark contrast to the assertions of wintendo
lusers like DFS, OK or Hadron Quark that OSS software is
KDE 1.0 as far back as 10 years ago was very usable. When
coupled with WordPerfect for Linux suite, it was a
threatening product. This is why WP needed to be killed.
Yeah... Corel was invited for a little death knell. The press
shows the story very clearly. Embrace and Destroy is still
the tactic they use at present.
I used KDE 1.0 and liked it. It was very user friendly, very
Windows like. If one hovered the mouse cursor over the start
button, it came up with, "Where do you want to go tomorrow?"
In some ways I preferred it to the latest KDE offering. Now I am
using Gnome in Ubuntu. In the past I was not a fan of Gnome, but
Ubuntu did a nice job of implementing it.
They also did a nice job in implementing Samba.
I read your post in
I thought this link in your post aptly sums up the kill:
Government lawyers want to know more about a deal in which
Microsoft gave Corel, perhaps best known for its WordPerfect
program, $135 million in exchange for 24 million shares of Corel
stock last October.
After the investment, Corel announced it would retreat from
developing software designed to run on the Linux operating
system, which competes with Microsoft's Windows operating system.
Linux is favored by some in the high-tech industry because it
opens up a blueprint of its code to the public, in an "open
"We are looking at the Microsoft-Corel transaction, the
competitive effects of it," said Justice spokeswoman Gina
Talamona, who declined to provide more details on the ongoing
Microsoft's Office software has long dominated the market for
word-processing and spreadsheet programs. The alliance with
Ottawa-based Corel, once a fierce rival, served to extend
Microsoft's reach. As part of the deal, Corel and Microsoft
agreed to work together on products and marketing for the
Redmond, Wash., company's .Net initiative.
Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller said yesterday that he and a
coalition of 17 other states and the District of Columbia that
have sued Microsoft for other antitrust violations plan to look
into the Corel investment as well. "We're particularly concerned
about any adverse effect on Linux," Miller said.
Best summed up, Microsoft will do all it takes to ensure their
monopoly over the desktop, including buying off the competition
or destroying it through their FUD campaign. It also appears
that due to inaction by the current US administration, it will
continue down the same path.
Greed makes people do strange things.