"...If you need an indication of how slow things have
become, consider Adobe's brief exercise in PR self-immolation as it
attempted to become the corporation best known for roughing up
academicians and agonizing over whether it felt good or bad for
kidnapping foreign nationals. That sort of behavior isn't prompted
by an organization immersed in the process of making money... it's
induced by the sort of boredom that has children contemplating
anthills as they fondle a magnifying glass.
Here, we found ourselves momentarily salivating over the
prospect that StarOffice 6 might be out in beta, only to have our
hopes dashed. Sun says StarOffice 6 might be out in beta some day
soon, and we found ourselves salivating once more as we filled out
a form granting Sun the right to spam us for all eternity for the
privilege of knowing when we could get at a hunk of beta software
that will hopefully do more for the OpenOffice team's credibility
than Netscape did for Mozilla's.
LinuxWorld is just around the corner, so things will pick up
some, and we're considering a pool to guess how many "Java applets
with Linux support" will be announced by obscure companies with
desultory PR firms... so things are looking up.
In the quiet lull before the Press Release Armageddon that is a
convention, as Code Red quietly scratches at the door and procmail
recipes to eliminate SirCam are traded about, it's time to
contemplate a semi-frequent tradition with the Linux Planet
editor's note: we're going to extol the flamers, web-board mavens,
desktop gadflies, and net.pontificators to do the right thing (if
they aren't already.)
First things first: there's a good, fool-proof SirCam recipe we
finally slid into place a few days ago, and it's made the last 100
or painless enough:"