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Inter@ctive Week: Just Say No To Proprietary Formats

Jun 06, 2000, 22:01 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Connie Guglielmo)

"As chief technology officer at a high-profile Linux company, Red Hat's Michael Tiemann is frequently sent text, presentations and spreadsheets in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel formats."

"As an advocate of nonproprietary standards, he sends them back."

"As a user of a laptop running Linux and Applixware applications from Applix (www. applix.com), and LaTeX, a text editor running on top of Unix's TeX editor, Tiemann declared, "I am completely Microsoft-free."

"It does require extra effort to recognize there are open standards out there that can be used," he said. "But I'm in a privileged position. These people who are sending me things want something from me. So I can set the bar a little higher...."

"But not everyone is in such a privileged position, Tiemann admitted. "A starving entrepreneur with four people, three computers and one light bulb doesn't have the choice" of sending documents back, given the prevalence of Microsoft Office applications in the outside world, he said."

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