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The distain goes both ways. Remember that Stave Ballmer called open source
software (specifically Linux) a cancer. Microsoft has a long history of
passing similar opinions about FLOSS as fact and using their monopoly
status to cull any competition. Why can you not buy a computer that is
already configured to dual boot? Or why is it so difficult to buy a
computer with no operating system? Microsoft has decreed to computer
manufacturers not to do so or they will not get Windows at such ridiculous
Libre Office and other FLOSS software is not born out of distain for MS and
other closed source software. they exist because the people who create,
enhance, and maintain them are passionate about what they do and the
freedom that FLOSS gives to users. The distain comes along the way as big
companies such as MS and Oracle use cheap and underhanded tactics to try
negate and destroy what they do. To be honest, there are some things that
MS Office does much better than LO and other FLOSS Office suites. I
personally refuse to purchase MS Office for personal reasons and will do
what I can to help people realize that they do not need MS products (share
ware or otherwise) and safe themselves from the constant purchase of the
same software over and over.

John Kennedy  (_8(|)
Why would anyone foster a dog/cat?
I would rather cry watching them leave our home to live a life of happiness
and joy in a loving home than cry because no one stepped up to help them
and they died alone, frightened, and sad in a shelter.

"Try to learn something about everything and everything about something."

-Thomas Henry Huxley

On Fri, Nov 29, 2013 at 7:20 PM, Virgil Arrington <>wrote:

I'm no fan of MS, and I'm sure I don't fully understand all of its business
practices, but I truly hope that disdain for Redmond is not the primary
motivation for LO and other forms of FOSS. And, yet, it's a theme that
recurs on nearly every FOSS related forum I read.

IMHO, it's better to focus on what's good about LO than what's evil about



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