FOSS’s Response to Office Rumor

Four or five years ago, if a blog or two had whispered, ???Pssst, hey???Microsoft is thinking of releasing a Linux port of Office,??? the FOSS blogosphere would have lit-up so brightly that it could be seen from the International Space Station. Man, it would’ve been a crazy week. People would be writing about how suspicious they were, or happy, or sad, or filled with feelings of doom. Some would’ve said it means nothing until Adobe signs on with Photoshop. Others would’ve cussed and said ???we don’t need no stinkin??? Microsoft Office.??? Lots of us would have been warning folks to stay focused on our FOSS roots, our belief that software should be free, while pointing out that even Microsoft is welcome to offer their goods on Linux for any price they want to charge.

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