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Linux.com: Do We Need a Different Kind of Software?

Aug 30, 2000, 13:08 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by MasterSibn)

"There's something I find myself wondering about every now and again: why do we need more software? Don't we already have enough software? I would like to see the free software library grow every day, and with any luck, I'll be a contributor. But I wonder if what we really need is "another office application," or "a more friendly interface."

"I personally did not start using Linux until a few months ago, but this is the way I see things now. We have at least five office suites, each great in their own right: Gnome Office, KOffice, Applix, WordPerfect Office, and Star Office. These are not even all the choices available, and if I hear correctly, Microsoft and an Israeli company by the name Mainsoft might end up porting MS Office to Linux."

"It looks like there's about to be six times as many choices for office apps for Linux users as there are for Windows users. Office software is great, but too much of a good thing can be bad. If these suites' supported file formats are not the same (or interchangeable), then what I see happening in the business field is MS Office becoming the de facto standard again. Home users will always make room for free software, but businesses want to be as interchangeable as possible."

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