"A few weeks ago I wrote a piece on the importance of open file
formats and why Microsoft was essentially evil for trying to patent
a streaming-media file format...."
"I received a lot of responses to the article, almost all
positive (and only one calling me a Communist!)"
"Perhaps the most important response, however, came from
Vistasource President Bernie Thompson, reporting on his company's
commitment to open file formats."
"As you'll recall, Applixware Office is one of the oldest and
newest software products in the Linux market. I remember seeing
demos of Applixware Office on the Sun Solaris platform when I
attended X Window trade shows in the early 1990s. Over the years
Applixware Office was continually improved, and it's now available
on the Linux platform, as a formidable competitor to StarOffice and
the other many Linux office suites. Vistasource is an Applixware
subsidiary that markets Applix products to the Linux
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