From: Jay Lozier <email@example.com>
To: Tom Davies <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Friday, 7 June 2013, 1:46
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] CNET is claiming the best free MSO alternative is not LO
On Thu, 06 Jun 2013 20:09:48 -0400, Tom Davies <email@example.com>
That comment looks like FUD to me. Where are the links to substantiate
his claims? There is a lot of FUD about China at the moment. Perhaps
some is true but western journalism has it's own biases so getting at
the truth is a tad tricky.
Also it's not Cnet that are recommending Kingsoft. It's only the
author's opinion. PLus it's got a question mark after it. If you
search through Cnet you will probably find similar claims in titles of
articles about LibreOffice
This page in Wikipedia
shows Kingsoft has been around since 1988 and is available for Windows
and Gnu&Linux (incl Android). LibreOffice's first release date is
listed as 2010 which just shows how tricky it is to adequately report on
such things. Many people would say the first release of LO is the same
as OpenOffice and that should be the same as StarOffice's first release
date over a decade ago. I just had to do a little editing there myself
but if you check the history you can see that the lines about Kingsoft
have been unchanged for ages, possibly years.
Kingsoft appears to use a proprietary format with MSO support. Also, they
only have Writer, Calc, and Impress equivalents. Those two issues make me
wary about the package: poor ODF support and limit suite. The ODF issue is
philosophical; I prefer to use an open, ISO format that means my files are
much less likely to be orphans in future. Most long time computer users
have data that is in obsolete file formats if not on obsolete media.
From: Kracked_P_P---webmaster <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: LibreO - Marketing Global <email@example.com>;
LibreO - Users Global <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, 6 June 2013, 19:48
Subject: [libreoffice-users] CNET is claiming the best free MSO
alternative is not LO
I never even heard of this office packages company.
If the commenter is correct, then CNET really need to rethink their
Kingsoft Office 2013: The best free Microsoft Office alternative?
Not only does it have the best interface around, it also brings
innovations like tabbed document viewing and drag-and-drop paragraph
by Rick Broida
June 5, 2013 10:52 AM PDT
One of the replies to that article is as follows
25 minutes ago
You do know Kingsoft is a communist Chinese company whose nation has
been conducting unrelenting hack attacks to strip America of all its
technology? If you can't build it, steal it is their credo. What better
way to open up a million backdoors then by offering free software that
exactly emulates Microsoft's flagship program.
By the way read their EULA very carefully. IT CLEARLY STATES THAT
ANYTHING CREATED USING THEIR SOFTWARE BECOMES THE PROPERTY OF KINGSOFT.
Have you read it Karyn? I downloaded this software several years ago
read that EULA and used Revo to deepscan uninstall that software. It had
put tendrils all through my computer. Revo is very good and got it all,
but don't be fooled.
This is part and parcel to China's hacking attempts and for cnet to
recommend it is both incredibly naive and questionable at best.
I doubt the reviewer ever read the Kingsoft EULA (nor have I). Though you
do bring a good point about EULA's being highly anti-consumer as typically
written by most properietary software companies. I would not be surprised
if some EULA's by others claim ownership of all documents created by the