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