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Re: Australia Has New Free Software Guide

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____/ Gregory Shearman on Monday 11 Jul 2011 07:34 : \____

> On 2011-07-11, Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Microsoft is frail. On the Web, even its cash cow, Office, is lagging.
>> Governments can see it. Microsoft executives keep fleeing, seeing the
>> writings on the wall.
> I wish they'd stop coming to this country and having secret meetings
> with our government. We've still got the e-tax abortion:
> http://www.ato.gov.au/individuals/content.aspx?doc=/content/73931.htm
> "E-tax is not compatible with Linux or Apple Macintosh computers.
> However, e-tax has previously been tested successfully on an Apple
> computer running OS X v10.6.3 with VMWare Fusion 3, Parallels Desktop 5
> and Boot Camp software, running a recommended Windows operating system.
> Some Linux users have reported success using 'Wine', but we have not
> tested this. Wine is a translation layer (a program loader) capable of
> running Windows applications on Linux and other POSIX compatible
> operating systems."
> So, anyone who doesn't run windows is shit out of luck.. or they can try
> it using WINE or other "emulation" software... with extremely limited
> success. Or they can do a paper return, like I'm forced to do.
> I've sent letter after letter, year after year to my local member of
> Parliament over this monstrosity... but to no avail. It's either Windows
> or nothing.
> It seems that other countries can cope with an online tax return system
> that requires only a web browser to access, but not the Australian
> Government.

In order to push away critics they have been saying for 3-4 years they would make
it cross-platform. Surely they're not interested. Says a lot about motives...?

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