__/ [ Mark Kent ] on Thursday 21 December 2006 10:17 \__
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> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>> Autodesk Suing to Keep Format Closed
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>| "AutoCAD is by far the industry standard CAD tool for engineering
>>| drawings. When I was an engineering student it was on every computer in
>>| the college of engineering. Autodesk, the makers of the AutoCAD software,
>>| are attempting to quash an effort to reverse-engineer the proprietary
>>| binary format used by AutoCAD.
>> Yesterday I read about Autodesk giving free copies to student. Surely,
>> they want them to be locked in. Maybe an ODF Alliance equivalent would be
>> suitable here.
> I think if progress needs to be made in these sort of areas, the smart
> thing is to do the work outside the US.
Can you imagine Microsoft forbidding the use of MS-formatted docouments and
templates on Linux? This would also mean that many of the E-mails from
ignorant people would not be openable. It's lockin/punishment by
association---that which indirectly enables a monopoly to render a platform
unfit for the enterprise.
~~ Kind greetings and happy holidays!
Roy S. Schestowitz | "Software sucks. Open Source sucks less."
http://Schestowitz.com | RHAT GNU/Linux ¦ PGP-Key: 0x74572E8E
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