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On 16/10/10 20:41, M. Fioretti wrote:
On Sat, Oct 16, 2010 17:26:10 PM +0100, Zaphod Feeblejocks ( wrote:
Greetings, friends.

Have a look at:

Looks like Microsoft are getting scared - why else would they go to the
hassle of FUDding OOo?

that one is not a meeting about MS Office or OOo. Is a video about
drug addiction and should be considered as such. See how and why at



The inner addictive substance procurement and dissemination courtesy of M$ is a matter of debate, but the essence of their video is that M$ sets the stage and others are invited to come and play. Given that due to their lucrative PC-retailer agreements, M$ might be forgiven for thinking that their's is the only show in town.

But this video attacks OSS as well as OOo specifically, and as such falls under the general FUD tactic that M$ has been perpetrating for years against GNU/Linux and, to a lesser degree, *BSD. Basically, goes the mythology, if one doesn't use M$ one's computer using experience is compromised and inferior.

At no point will M$ ever spark up and admit that its code-base is not only buggy but inherently insecure, that its products are astonishingly over-priced and poorly supported, that it traps users into a lock-down system of compulsory upgrades under the superficial guise of "improvements", that it externalises all of its own failings onto third party developers who have to find creative ways of working within the stranglehold of M$ API policies. No wonder any M$installation neccessitates any number of ancillary CDs of drivers, licensing for third party vendors and the like.

Anytime I have ever had to install a M$ system, I am reminded of the bliss and sense of liberation I experience when installing a GNU/Linux or a *BSD system. How straight forward it all is, and how easy, relative to the alleged M$ standard.

I don't mean this to be a rant, and yet feel compelled to just pick up on the idea of addiction - it is rather more like a hostage situation than an addiction ... it is some Redmond prick with a gun at your head than a line of white powder at the end of a rolled up dollar bill.


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