Daily Links for Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Open Source

Is OpenOffice.org a Threat? Microsoft Thinks So
ComputerworldUK / Glyn Moody

This confirms what many of us have been warning about for some time: that Microsoft’s new-found eagerness to “engage” with open source has nothing to do with a real desire to reach a pacific accommodation with free software, but is simply a way for it to fight against it from close up, and armed with inside knowledge.

More than ever, saving is in vogue
Baltimore Sun / Gregory Karp

Don’t forget Lotus Symphony as well.

Also popular was a column on free software. Best advice? Use free antivirus programs, such as Avira AntiVir Antivirus Personal (free-av.com) and AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition (free.avg.com). And try the OpenOffice.org, instead of paying for Microsoft Office.


  1. So how do we get past this concentration on ‘office productivity software’ ? There’s a hurricane of money changing hands, to be sure, but it cannot possibly be the whole Future of Information Technology, and so it isn’t where all our investment should be.

    I want to go model proteins http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/linux/library/l-bluegene/ and launch into bioinformatics http://opendiscovery.org.in/ . I have lots to do, and limited time to do it in. How do I tell Microsoft that I have no plan to be a threat to them in their ‘office productivity’ business … it will be Market Saturation and Commoditisation that ends that one, rather than anything that I do myself.

    Go Symphony http://symphony.lotus.com/ , I suppose, and let someone else drive the point home.

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