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[News] Free Software Can Do to Apple What it Did to Proprietary Sun; Apple Lies

  • Subject: [News] Free Software Can Do to Apple What it Did to Proprietary Sun; Apple Lies
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 11 Jun 2010 20:09:50 +0100
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In FOSS Does "F" Have To Stand For Fabulous To Make Apple The Next Sun 
Microsystems? It's All About The User Experience

,----[ Quote ]
| I do agree with Zemlin that "F" in FOSS has to stand 
| for Free and Fabulous to really beat Apple. But the 
| fabulous is not about shared development, it is all 
| about as Zemlin said, customer experience. The mobile 
| platform is not going to be dominated by Geeks who 
| work at command lines juiced up on pizza and high 
| caffeine cola.  It is about the interface and user 
| experience.


Some Liars Are More Skillful Than Others

,----[ Quote ]
| Maybe the problem is not Apple and M$ so much as the 
| leadership not respecting the public enough to tell 
| the truth. They are just ordinary businesses pushing 
| product. They are not magical and do not defy the laws 
| of Nature. They are not singular sources of creativity 
| on the planet. They do not have all the answers and, 
| in particular, do not always know and tell the truth.



Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal

,----[ Quote ]
| I feel for Google â Steve Jobs threatened
| to sue me, too.
| In 2003, after I unveiled a prototype Linux
| desktop called Project Looking Glass*,
| Steve called my office to let me know the
| graphical effects were âstepping all over
| Appleâs IP.â (IP = Intellectual Property =
| patents, trademarks and copyrights.) If we
| moved forward to commercialize it, âIâll
| just sue you.â
| [...]
| As in life, bluster and threat are
| commonplace in business â especially the
| technology business. So that interaction
| was good preparation for a later meeting
| with Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer. Theyâd
| flown in over a weekend to meet with Scott
| McNealy, Sunâs then CEO â who asked me and
| Greg Papadopoulos (Sunâs CTO) to accompany
| him. As we sat down in our Menlo Park
| conference room, Bill skipped the small
| talk, and went straight to the point,
| âMicrosoft owns the office productivity
| market, and our patents read all over
| OpenOffice.â OpenOffice is a free office
| productivity suite found on tens of
| millions of desktops worldwide. Itâs a
| tremendous brand ambassador for its owner â
| it also limits the appeal of Microsoft
| Office to businesses and those forced to
| pirate it. Bill was delivering a slightly
| more sophisticated variant of the threat
| Steve had made, but he had a different
| solution in mind. âWeâre happy to get you
| under license.â That was code for âWeâll go
| away if you pay us a royalty for every
| downloadâ â the digital version of a
| protection racket.

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