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osOpinion: The Real Microsoft Killer: Open File Formats

May 04, 2000, 07:43 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Diedrichs)

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"Last week, we were treated to the latest episode of the Microsoft/DOJ soap opera, when plaintiffs submitted their proposals for breaking up the company into several Baby Bills. Since then, pundits have been lining up to offer prognostications ranging from "No Effect" to "Total Linux Domination."

"Amazingly, they all miss the mark...."

"What free (speech) software advocates seem to miss is that the greatest obstacle to the adoption of GNU/Linux and other "alternatives" is compatibility of file formats -- not just the software itself."

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