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ZDNet: A Linux development call to arms

Sep 11, 2001, 18:02 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Don Soegaard)

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"...Though LeTocq's article was thoughtful with regard to the relative merits and opportunities for considering the future of StarOffice, we really need something brand new, rather than a Linux version of MS Office. The supposed benefits of Linux are a tighter OS that's essentially impervious to crashing, uses less resources, is open source and thus customizable.

So why take this evolving creation and saddle it with the same old, same old of the redundant generation of cumbersome software applications? I consider MS Word, Excel, Access, Autocad, Printshop Pro, Adobe Premiere, PageMaker, Quicken, Outlook, and numerous other applications as supposed special purpose "factories" which are intended to be fairly self-contained to provide the function for a specific sector of the industry.

However, for most people, these programs don't fit the bill."

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