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Hi Charles,

So why is there so much duplication of effort in the campaign
against MS?

I strongly disagree with your assertion that we are or should be
engaging in any kind of 'campaign against Microsoft', or even that our
long term goal is or should be to 'replace Microsoft Office as the
package of choice...'

Allow me to rephrase myself then:

"Why is there so much duplication of effort in the campaign to replace Microsoft products, 
on grounds of ethics, user choice, or simply being better?"

In any business, there is an aspect of being 'against' others.  Newspapers compete against 
each other for market share.  Retaillers are 'against' each other.  Even Debian are 'against' 
Red Hat to an extent, but work together to develop both of their wider interests.

What I think we are or should be striving for is to simply be the best
Office/Productivity software available, whether free or commercial.

We do and should NOT have to put Microsoft Office Down in order to raise
ourselves up. If we cannot stand on our own to feet based solely on our
own merits, then we deserve to fall flat on our faces.

I'm not putting MSO down.  I think my post was very complementary towards MS and their 
efforts.  Yes, they might have a few questionable marketing tactics (that we should speak 
about), but they also have some fine engineers who make fine products.

Thanks for giving me the chance to calrify my thoughts.


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