Roy Schestowitz wrote:
> Imagining a day without Microsoft
> ,----[ Quote ]
> | "[Microsoft] didn't establish [its standards] in a nice sort of way, but
> | they are the basis for a lot of things that we use and do with
> | computers."
> | Today you can send a Word document to anybody in the world and expect
> | them to be able to open it. According to Meadow, it takes forever for
> | people to agree to these kinds of standards.
> | Josh Greenbaum, principal at Enterprise Applications Consulting, says,
> | "Downloads for [StarOffice] would bring the Internet to a screeching
> | halt."
Overall I can see it. Adobe Acrobat PDF is a better standard, because it is
harder for the receiver at the other end to modify, yet everyone has an
Acrobat reader or clone of it.
As far as I'm concerned the article has FUD:
[Quote] We would also find out how bad the Linux and Apple vendors are at
providing patches, compared to what [customers] got used to from
Microsoft,? Pescattore says, adding that Microsoft is much better than
Apple and Linux at delivering security patches. ?If you keep getting into
car accidents, you know how to fix dents.? [/Quote]
I have been pleased how RedHat, SUSE and Debian are about providing patches.