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Re: [comp.os.linux.advocacy] FAQ and Primer for COLA, Edition III

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____/ High Plains Thumper on Thursday 06 May 2010 11:01 : \____

> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> High Plains Thumper on Tuesday:
>>> Following are excerpts from the official FAQ, entire text is found
>>> at:
>>> http://www.faqs.org/faqs/linux/advocacy/faq-and-primer/
>>> and is also posted at:
>>> ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet-by-
>>> or http://tinyurl.com/4obfht
>>> ftp://sipb.mit.edu/pub/usenet-by-hierarchy/comp/os/linux/advocacy/
>>> http://gd.tuwien.ac.at/faqs/faqs-hierarchy/comp/comp.os.linux.advocacy/
>>> http://faqs.cs.uu.nl/na-dir/linux/advocacy/faq-and-primer.html
>>> http://www.opennet.ru/docs/FAQ/OS/Linux/faq-and-primer.html
>>> http://static.slated.org/cola-faq.html
>> Thanks for posting these. It seems to irritate only those who violate
>> the charter and portray those who obey it as offenders/liars/spammers/
>> thieves/etc.
> You are welcome.  It obviously separates the real trolls from advocacy
> posters.
>> The charter --like constitutions -- ensures that no level of entryism
>> can derail the newsgroup.
>> I recently looked at some other newsgroups out of curiosity.
>> Once-thriving newsgroups are now obsoletely dead (the webmasters one
>> for instance) because USENET servers become more scarce and other
>> groups lose focus.
> Much of it is due to a combination of trolling, making the newsgroup
> less appealing and the birth of moderated forums, which I believe is
> because of the same.
> It was different in the '80s to about mid '90s, when posters more or
> less had a sense of civility.  Even rec.motorcycles, whose motto is,
> "Ride to flame, flame to ride" had posters who knew where the boundaries
> were.  The flaming was done in a sense of humour.
>> Microsoft is exiting USENET and let's hope the AstroTurfers leave
>> along with it.
> I think Microsoft will be exiting more than the USENET.  They have lost
> their focus, for lack of value added additions to their software.  There
> is very little new between their 1997 version of Office and their 2007
> version.  There were gripes about 2003, but 2007 one is about the worse
> one can get as far as user interfaces go.  At least in Outlook 2003, one
> could see several appointments per day in month mode.  In 2007, it looks
> prettier, but it will only show one appointment per day, with a grayed
> out down arrow that is so small it is hardly noticeable.
> They wonder why that Sun's OpenOffice had over 100,000,000 downloads as
> of 28 Oct 2009.
> [quote]
> On October 28th 2009, the one hundred millionth person clicked on the
> Download OpenOffice.org button since version 3.0 of the software was
> announced just over one year ago.
> [/quote]
> http://www.openoffice.org/
> Microsoft is their own worse enemy.  People aren't stupid, and they are
> growing tired of the monopoly, lack of customer focus, for profit to
> maintain the monopoly rather than value adds.
> Going back to the trolls, yes, they look incredibly stupid with their
> anti-Linux anti-poster rants, revealing them for the fools that they
> really are.

Mozilla has even more impressive figures. It claims 350,000,000 Firefox users.

GNU/Linux on most desktops may be just a matter of time. It has already reduced the price 
(and revenue/margin) of Windows.

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