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| For many people these days, Microsoft is to computing as Kleenex is to
| facial tissues -- practically the same thing. Microsoft probably has no
| problem with this, but sticking with just one supplier is not always a
| great idea. Increasingly, there are solid -- and practical -- reasons
| to minimize our commitment to Microsoft software.
| Come to that, my Internet Explorer habit and what can only be called an
| addiction to Outlook and Office are now history. I am now more or less
| clean and Microsoft-free, at least when it comes to desktop apps. And that
| feels good.
This shift to Open Source and Web-based alternatives makes the full
transition to GNU/Linux very trivial. It opens up the data and re-adjusts
one's application-specific skills.