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12.13.07

Xandros, Linspire, OpenSUSE Fail to Keep Up With (K)Ubuntu

Posted in Dell, GNU/Linux, Linspire, Marketing, Microsoft, Novell, OpenSUSE, Red Hat, Servers, SLES/SLED, Ubuntu, Xandros at 2:52 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The loss that never was

It is reassuring to see that SUSE, which we of course boycott, is still playing second fiddle to GNU/Linux distributions such as Kubuntu. Here is a direct, hands-on, side-by-side comparison.

Well, seems like Kubuntu is the clear winner for professional users and also for enthusiasts. For beginners there is a draw. So I would recommend to use the distribution that is used by a friend who is willing to help you with your first step. From the results it seems like a beginner cannot do much wrong.

Another new comparison comes from CRN. It leaves the pricey (now Microsoft tax-tainted) distributions which know as Linspire and Xandros well behind Ubuntu Linux. Here is the article.

But, clearly, Ubuntu shined. It has earned the right to play in the championship round of The World Series of Linux. The next round will determine its opponent, as the RPM Round pits SLED 10, Fedora 7 and PCLinuxOS to compete to pick the best out of those distributions.

The two major distributions, Ubuntu on the desktop and Red Hat on the server are likely to continue to thrive. Here is the latest good analysis, which excludes some important players like Mandriva.

What are Red Hat, Novell, and Canonical going to have to do in the next 52 weeks to in order to dominate the desktop and server Linux market?

Ubuntu is approaching the servers market at the moment. It recently signed a major deal with Dell. Red Hat will release its desktop product next month. This product’s availability has fallen 4 or 5 months behind schedule due to Microsoft patents and extortion attempts. As for Novell, wait and watch how it lies about its 'successes' tomorrow.

It would be most unfortunate if Microsoft ever managed to snatch a deal with Red Hat or Ubuntu. Novell was no trophy, and it dug its own grave for some quick cash.

Related articles: (Mark Shuttleworth on Microsoft’s “racketeering”)

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24 Comments

  1. osjak said,

    December 13, 2007 at 5:06 pm

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    I’m trying to convert from Windows XP to some sort of Linux. I just installed Xubuntu, played with it for a couple of days. The results are – no reliable wireless connection, no acceptable dual English/Cyrillic keyboard support, cannot install Firefox plugins the way I want. I did install my printer fine though, that’s a plus. Overall, I’m disappointed with Kubuntu, despite all the great reviews published. I start wondering if they are published just to promote the OS.

    I’m downloading openSUSE at this moment, as people are saying it works great with wireless and is more stable and complete system than Ubuntu family. If that doesn’t do a trick, I would have to go back to Windows XP.

    Linux overall is just not there to completely replace XP on home desktop. Not for an average Joe. I think instead of boycotting something (working against), you guys may want to promote whatever you believe in, even if this means supporting the distro you don’t particularly like. Microsoft only wins when Linux fans start boycotting each other.

  2. Roy Schestowitz said,

    December 13, 2007 at 5:19 pm

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    osjak,

    There is a much broader picture here. This isn’t about choosing distributions, but a matter of certain distributors liaising with Microsoft (for money) and threatening the future of Free software.

  3. eet said,

    December 13, 2007 at 5:37 pm

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    No, no; osjak is in the position to cast a cool, unbiased look at the whole situation, and he thinks that you are doing the Linux community no favor.

    That is an absolutely vaild point.

    Note: comment has been flagged for arriving from an incarnation of a known (eet), pseudonymous, forever-nymshifting, abusive Internet troll that posts from open proxies and relays around the world.

  4. jjjdfsjkfajk said,

    December 13, 2007 at 5:38 pm

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    No, no; osjak is in the position to cast a cool, unbiased look at the whole situation, and he thinks that you are doing the Linux community no favor.

    That is an absolutely vaild point.

    I agree.

    Note: comment has been flagged for arriving from a known (eet), pseudonymous, nymshifting, abusive Internet troll that posts from open proxies and relays around the world.

  5. lalala said,

    December 13, 2007 at 8:08 pm

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    An ubuntu/distro x “comparison” where ubuntu wins by lying about the other distro. It doesn’t surpise me that you didn’t check it for accuracy before posting it.

  6. Roy Schestowitz said,

    December 13, 2007 at 8:23 pm

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    I cited this blog before. The author has a lot of experience with SUSE and no bias against it.

  7. lalala said,

    December 13, 2007 at 8:40 pm

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    The fact remains that it is filled with lies.

  8. warner said,

    December 15, 2007 at 12:31 am

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    lalala,

    care to elaborate or enumerate or do you just want to be vague?

  9. Eudoxus said,

    December 15, 2007 at 4:31 pm

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    Man, you are really sick. I have tried to run Kubuntu and it really sucks. I am now openSUSE user which for me works far better than Kubuntu. I admitt that there may be other people for whom Kubuntu works better. Good for them.
    Anyway, your anger towards openSUSE is irrational and sick. Novell is against free software? Well, you have rights to have opinion, even if it is irrational. But then could you be consistent and remove all the software from your machine which was made by devs employed by Novell. Guess what, you should start from Kernel. Then check for some drivers, Evolution, Compiz and so on.
    Good luck, Hittler!

  10. Roy Schestowitz said,

    December 15, 2007 at 5:46 pm

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    Anyway, your anger towards openSUSE is irrational and sick.

    There is no anger. Only when it comes to Novell’s management, there’s frustration. It’s not the engineers’ fault.

    Good luck, Hittler!

    And by Godwin’s Law, this discussion is over.

  11. Heidegart Millnic said,

    December 15, 2007 at 7:10 pm

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    Well, I definitely sensed anger in your posts, not merely frustration.

  12. Roy Schestowitz said,

    December 15, 2007 at 7:15 pm

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    Never when it comes to OpenSUSE. The reason I say that OpenSUSE can be replaced by something else is because Novell’s management is likely to rethink its choice (tactless deal) if it sees itself falling behind. SUSE was well ahead when I used it for years (before the 2006 deal). I’m a former SUSE user.

  13. Eudoxus said,

    December 15, 2007 at 7:47 pm

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    When one takes joy in perceiving some faults with some OS and then adds that there is no anger and it is all about Novell managment, I become really clueless . I am not going to be an advocat of Novell (your accusations are silly anyway, so there is nothing to rebut) but openSUSE is a community project which by the way becomes more and more popular – twith the new release there are more openSUSE users around than there were before. If you want boycott it at your own expense. As far as I can tell it makes no sense, even in moral terms not to mention practical.
    P.S. By the way if you happen to use Ubuntu Gutsy what do you do with AppArmor, which is created by the evil hands of Novell?

  14. Lukas said,

    December 15, 2007 at 9:30 pm

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    FWIW, OpenSuSE on the desktop has always been “behind” Ubuntu as far as community installs. Ubuntu’s popularity is largely due to Jeff Waugh’s past advocacy.

    Eudoxus: you have to understand that the more visitors that this site gets, the more money they make. They know that the more articles they write – especially using very negative language toward Novell, the more money they make (people are drawn to hate and other negative emotional verbiage than positive, it’s human nature).

    It’s also quite clear that at least Roy is very hateful of Miguel de Icaza and other of the Novell engineers and people like Jeff Waugh. He’s also very hateful of some of the projects they work on.

    So you have to take the “facts” presented on this site with a grain of salt.

  15. Roy Schestowitz said,

    December 15, 2007 at 10:03 pm

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    FWIW, OpenSuSE on the desktop has always been “behind” Ubuntu as far as community installs. Ubuntu’s popularity is largely due to Jeff Waugh’s past advocacy.

    It’s not worth denying this. A lot of Jeff’s work is commendable.

    Eudoxus: you have to understand that the more visitors that this site gets, the more money they make. They know that the more articles they write – especially using very negative language toward Novell, the more money they make (people are drawn to hate and other negative emotional verbiage than positive, it’s human nature).

    Worst conspiracy I’ve heard in a while. Other than the fact that I didn’t want these ads (Shane put them up), for all I know they still don’t cover the hosting bills. People who visit this site block ads (that includes me).

    It’s also quite clear that at least Roy is very hateful of Miguel de Icaza and other of the Novell engineers and people like Jeff Waugh. He’s also very hateful of some of the projects they work on.

    Hateful is a very, very wrong word to use. Cautious — yes. I am very wary of Mono because I know how Microsoft uses Mono (and Wine, among other things) in its patent deals. As for Miguel, some of his remarks and affiliations proved that he had returned to his roots. He went for an interview at Microsoft just weeks before starting GNOME. Luckily for him, having been rejected at the time, he finally got the job he wanted at Microsoft (he gets paid by Novell though).

    I wouldn’t mind it much unless it was dividing the world of Free software (KDE and GNOME was a division damaging enough), which is exactly what Microsoft wants (and achieves with these divisive patent deals).

    So you have to take the “facts” presented on this site with a grain of salt.

    And the news which is fed by promotional press releases likewise. As we’ve seen before, there is a lot of stuff those companies do not tell us. They hope we will not understand.

  16. Heidegart Millnic said,

    December 16, 2007 at 1:42 am

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    Miguel “getting the job he wanted at Microsoft” – oh, I think this is actually hateful. How can you! On such a low level!

  17. Roy Schestowitz said,

    December 16, 2007 at 1:55 am

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    How is this hateful? I am stating the fact that Miguel does a great deal of work that helps Microsoft. I don’t hate Miguel at all.

  18. Heidegart Millnic said,

    December 16, 2007 at 5:04 am

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    Well, correct me if I’m wrong, but don’t you say that Miguel has a job at Microsoft? This just isn’t true. I get the feeling you are implying that Microsoft kind of secretly hired Miguel, and considering what we think about Microsoft, I think this is an insult. Didn’t you mean that?

  19. Heidegart Millnic said,

    December 16, 2007 at 5:07 am

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    … or have I misunderstood and you meant that he is doing the kind of work he had wanted to do at Microsoft, but he does that for Novell? Sorry if this is the case, but this ‘job at Microsoft but being paid by Novell’ lets it sound like it was a formality who he is getting his money from.

    How do you know what kind of job-interview he had at Microsoft, anyway? Do you have some sources?

  20. Roy Schestowitz said,

    December 16, 2007 at 8:02 am

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    What I had in mind when I made the remark were these words of Stephane, which I find amusingly true in a sense.

    As for Miguel’s pseudo-rebuttal, perhaps it’s time to ask yourself two things :

    1) Can you rebutt real examples? I think you can rebutt statements like “we are open and transparent”, but I don’t think you can rebutt real examples.

    2) Miguel works for Microsoft (he thinks it’s a pride not to be officially on MS payroll, nevermind the bulk of Novell revenues are a direct influx from MS). But can you guess the retaliation if he said anything negative about this stuff? You have to admit it, he’s got no freedom in speech in that very area, plus Microsoft is using him as a tool to break the open source community apart.

    As for the interview he had at Microsoft 10 years ago, it’s a true story (and a widely known one).

  21. Lukas said,

    December 16, 2007 at 12:00 pm

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    See, that’s the thing – I don’t believe for a minute that Miguel has Microsoft’s best interest in mind or even that there is some underhanded work by Miguel/Microsoft where Miguel gets paid by Microsoft in any way.

    First off, Miguel started Mono back in the very early Ximian days (early 2001 or late 2000 iirc), years before his company got bought by Novell, so a conspiracy there is pretty laughable. It should also be noticed that there were other people in the Free Software community interested in implementing .NET for Linux, notably Rhys Weatherly, who was the founder of the Portable.NET (later rolled into DotGNU) project. Then you also had the FSF in collaboration with, I believe, the phpGroupWare project and possibly others, who together formed the DotGNU project which planned to implement the Passport side of .NET. They also tried to get Mono on-board, but I seem to recall that there was a dispute over licensing – Mono wanted to be X11 and DotGNU wanted it to be GPL or some such.

    Secondly, Miguel has a history of advocating Linux – go to any of his talks, and he’ll be demoing what can be done on Linux. You’ll never catch him running Windows or MacOS like so many of the “Linux Advocates” that bash him for his views. (note: I imagine Roy runs Linux exclusively, so this doesn’t necessarily apply to Roy himself, but it certainly applies to people like Matt Asay).

    Thirdly, while Miguel /did/ interview at Microsoft – he had been writing Free Software for years before that. In fact, that’s even how he was invited in the first place to interview at Microsoft in 1997 – they were looking for someone to help them do a SPARC-port of IE (Miguel had done the SPARC-port for Linux a year or 2 earlier). Seeing as how Microsoft likely would have paid a whole lot better than working as a sysadmin making peanuts per year at UNAM, I don’t think anyone could blame him for accepting an interview.

    Now, selfishly, I’m glad the Microsoft job didn’t work out, because he probably would not have been able to continue contributing to Free Software as he has been doing for the past 10 years since.

    Fourthly, did you even READ Miguel’s blog post which said that OOXML was “superb”? The problem with most people bashing Miguel over the whole “OOXML superb” quote haven’t actually read Miguel’s blog post about it and simply saw the sound-bite on Slashdot and reacted in your typical knee-jerk fashion, “lets all hate Miguel! he’s so evil! how could he like OOXML?” blah blah blah.

    The point Miguel was trying to make wrt OOXML was that the OOXML specification was a lot better documented than ODF, which was wildly incomplete. Now, granted, there were formatting tags with poor documentation like “Do spacing like Word95″, but according to the docs, those tags were also for backward compatibility rather than tags they planned on using going forward.

    Depending on how you count, ODF has 4 to 10 pages devoted to it. There is no way you could build a spreadsheet software based on this specification.

    To build a spreadsheet program based on ODF you would have to resort to an existing implementation source code (OpenOffice.org, Gnumeric) or you would have to resort to Microsoft’s public documentation or ironically to the OOXML specification.

    Roy has stated in the past that “at least people implementing ODF can read OpenOffice’s source code if they need clarification”, but this only holds true if said software is ALSO under a compatible license. If OpenOffice was X11, then we could probably do some magic hand waving and it might actually stick, but OpenOffice is NOT licensed under X11, so proprietary software (or even other open source software whose license is not compat with GPL – e.g. BSD or X11) cannot look at the GPL code for fear of being tainted.

    Of course, these projects could use a proxy who reads the source code of OpenOffice and documents it for the developers (e.g. “reverse engineering”), but you can see that there is indeed a problem here, one which the anti-OOXML/pro-ODF people refuse to acknowledge.

    By comparison, ODF only references three ISO standards: Relax NG (OOXML also references this one), 639 (language codes) and 3166 (country codes).

    Not only it is demanded that OOXML abide by more standards than ISO’s own ODF does, but also that the format used for metafiles from 1999 be used. It seems like it would prevent some nice features developed in the last 8 years for no other reason than “there was a standard for it”.

    As Miguel is pointing out here, ODF proponents are a bit hypocritical. I agree with Miguel here, hypocrisy is bad, no matter where it comes from.

    I have obviously not read the entire specification, and am biased towards what I have seen in the spreadsheet angle. But considering that it is impossible to implement a spreadsheet program based on ODF, am convinced that the analysis done by those opposing OOXML is incredibly shallow, the burden is on them to prove that ODF is “enough” to implement from scratch alternative applications.

    If Microsoft had produced 760 pages (the size of ODF) as the documentation for the “.doc”, “.xls” and “.ppt” that lacked for example the formula specification, wouldn’t people justly complain that the specification was incomplete and was useless?

    As a programmer who has himself implemented quite a few specifications over the years, I have to agree with Miguel that more documentation is always better than less (unless it is simply flowery words, but in the case of OOXML, it is not – this isn’t some university student’s term paper with a required minimum number of pages).

    As far as I can tell, no-where in his blog does he actually use the word “superb” to describe OOXML at all. His entire blog is simply pointing out that both OOXML and ODF have their fair share of issues and pointing out the hypocrisy of the people claiming that ODF is some flawless specification and that OOXML is somehow inferior.

    The point of this post is that in order to paint Miguel as evil (which this site does quite often), you have to have some pretty poor insight into history and an evil mind of your own in order to draw connections to dots which don’t even exist in reality.

    For more information:
    http://primates.ximian.com/~miguel/gnome-history.html
    http://gnu.org.in/pipermail/fsf-friends/2004-November/002493.html

  22. Roy Schestowitz said,

    December 16, 2007 at 9:12 pm

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    See, that’s the thing – I don’t believe for a minute that Miguel has Microsoft’s best interest in mind or even that there is some underhanded work by Miguel/Microsoft where Miguel gets paid by Microsoft in any way.

    No, no, I never claimed that. Au contraire — Miguel’s interest is everything to do beating Microsoft using Free software. That said, Miguel’s interest is not just a personal interest, but also a communal one. The question is: does one outweigh the other? You see, developers will always have their personal ambitions, which needn’t fully intersect with those of the ‘community’ as a whole. The same goes for companies like Novell.

    Heck, just take a look at the number of Microsoft partners that fight FOSS and ODF because this combination puts their business (or more broadly — the ecosystem) in jeopardy. It’s a question of equilibrium. Change is scary, but it needs to be understood and embraced, not feared.

    Let it be clear that Miguel’s present work, which is great, is focused on (or at least centered around) Microsoft technologies. Miguel’s status depends on the success of this. Things like Silverlight needn’t intimidate him because that’s his turf, his expertise, his role, and that’s where he can contribute the most to FLOSS. A separate question that ought to be asked, however, is “how does it affect all of us?”

    First off, Miguel started Mono back in the very early Ximian days (early 2001 or late 2000 iirc), years before his company got bought by Novell, so a conspiracy there is pretty laughable.

    Never did we draw a similarity nor a relationship between Ximian and Novell, let alone Ximian and Microsoft.

    Secondly, Miguel has a history of advocating Linux – go to any of his talks, and he’ll be demoing what can be done on Linux. You’ll never catch him running Windows or MacOS like so many of the “Linux Advocates” that bash him for his views. (note: I imagine Roy runs Linux exclusively, so this doesn’t necessarily apply to Roy himself, but it certainly applies to people like Matt Asay).

    Yes, I consider him (Matt) a bit of a hypocrite for that. Mark Hinkle and Phil Shapiro likewise. There’s nothing that ever needs doing which I cannot do in GNU/Linux (FWIW, I have sympathy and even affinity for other free platforms as well). The question here is not “does Miguel advocate GNU/Linux and the Free desktop?” The question is how. What is the vision and how will this be accomplished? By playing second fiddle to Microsoft technologies where this is not required, we’re putting ourselves further behind. Come to consider, for instance, how Mozilla set the standard (not standard per se) for Web applications. A whole new and exciting generation of ‘networked software’ that Gates feared so much in the mid-nineties (watch some of the Iowa antitrust exhibits about this) became a reality.

    Thirdly, while Miguel /did/ interview at Microsoft – he had been writing Free Software for years before that. In fact, that’s even how he was invited in the first place to interview at Microsoft in 1997 – they were looking for someone to help them do a SPARC-port of IE (Miguel had done the SPARC-port for Linux a year or 2 earlier). Seeing as how Microsoft likely would have paid a whole lot better than working as a sysadmin making peanuts per year at UNAM, I don’t think anyone could blame him for accepting an interview.

    True. It ought to be mentioned, however, that even then he was excited by technologies like ActiveX (IIRC), which was (and has remained) proprietary. Read some of the recent articles from Tim Berners-Lee on his grim vision of a closed World Wide Web. Remember Netscape’s role in attempting to prevent this. At the moment, the worrisome crossroad is one that involves Sharepoint, OOXML, XAML, and XPS (among other bits of the proprietary Web stack).

    The issue at hand and the reason for concern is this acceptance and ‘joining’ the trend wherein groups are ‘proprietising’ the Web — an initiative whose impact on the Free desktop is detrimental to its very relevance (and this its existence). We can do better than this and we have the backing of nations whose policies are strongly in favour of open source and open standards (mind the news from Holland last week).

    Now, selfishly, I’m glad the Microsoft job didn’t work out, because he probably would not have been able to continue contributing to Free Software as he has been doing for the past 10 years since.

    Okay, I know I’ll get flamed for this, but to paraphrase Sam from iTWire, KDE was getting along just fine. Choice is beautiful, but wouldn’t convergence have prevented this fragmentation? Wouldn’t it have resolved what we nowadays know as the free desktop (with an almost equal distribution that involves two mutually-exclusive desktop environments, which offer essentially the same function)? This isn’t a case of ‘bloat’ and ‘light’, or maybe desktops, servers, and miniature devices. Even the licences are quite similar at the moment. I am not entirely convinced all of this was needed. I used to take the opposite view, but seeing what I’ve seen recently, I pause and wonder.

    Last week, for example, one reader pointed out that, according to the GNOME guys (maybe a Foundation member), OOXML support in Gnumeric was a case of getting ahead of the competition (FLOSS). Needless to say, all of this is harmful also because it helps ECMA (Microsoft) in its brutal ISO chase. The ISO is being ‘raped’, by the admission of its own people. It’s a scandalous case of ‘standardisation by corporation’ and it’s hard to ignore the role money has played, e.g. in the Novell deal. Meeks and Miguel are Novell employees. Jody Goldberg worked in Novell until July 2007, IIRC. You can’t just dismiss those critics who have become increasingly suspicious. Curious minds wish to know whatever there is to know (or not know). This isn’t a witch hunt; we just need to know the truth, even if it contradicts our hypotheses.

    Fourthly, did you even READ Miguel’s blog post which said that OOXML was “superb”?

    For all I know, this was not a blog item. A reader of this site showed me a thread (viewable via Google Groups) where de Icaza spoke about it being “Superb, but…”. He spoke to Simon Phipps (Webmink), IIRC. I soon blogged it here, it created some discussion and, the following day a KDE blog (IIRC) was cited by Slashdot. That’s what got a lot of this chaotic flamewar started and for anyone to ‘accept responsibility’ would be foolish. People can read what was said in context.

    The problem with most people bashing Miguel over the whole “OOXML superb” quote haven’t actually read Miguel’s blog post about it and simply saw the sound-bite on Slashdot and reacted in your typical knee-jerk fashion, “lets all hate Miguel! he’s so evil! how could he like OOXML?” blah blah blah.

    Your subsequent observations, which involve a criticism of ODF (reflection of Miguel’s opinions), are indicative of the sorts of thing that had Miguel’s interests put to doubt. I’ll get to this in a moment.

    The point Miguel was trying to make wrt OOXML was that the OOXML specification was a lot better documented than ODF, which was wildly incomplete.

    Is OOXML complete? The answer is a big “No”. OOXML contains operating system-specific elements (Windows), it has proprietary extensions (Jody Goldberg and others love to deny this), it is malstructured, spurious (little or no reuse), and the list of deficiencies goes on and on. I do know a thing or two about OOXML and complete it certainly is not. Technical grounds aside, consider other dimensions of concern such as patents and dynamics (Microsoft is likely to ignore its ECMA standard).

    “Do spacing like Word95″, but according to the docs, those tags were also for backward compatibility rather than tags they planned on using going forward.

    See, that’s part of the problem. ODF isn’t a case of restoring competition or unfairly stealing market share from Microsoft. That’s just how Microsoft wants to paint this. ODF is a case of properly building a standard that will evolve in a way that honours consumers. For Microsoft, planned obsolescence is the plan, so such poor evolution of formats can also be a mechanism for introducing incompatibilities, i.e. spurring forced upgrades. In Office 2007, equations are already ‘extended’ which makes them unreadable with previous versions of the same software. This had Office 2007 banned by some top-notch publications.

    If OOXML requires backward compatibility ‘features’, then Microsoft’s self-made mess is to blame. Other needn’t ‘clean up’ for Microsoft’s deliberate ‘extensions’ (mind last week’s lawsuit from Opera, over the issue of Web standard that Microsoft admittedly ignored).

    As a programmer who has himself implemented quite a few specifications over the years, I have to agree with Miguel that more documentation is always better than less (unless it is simply flowery words, but in the case of OOXML, it is not – this isn’t some university student’s term paper with a required minimum number of pages).

    I strongly disagree. “Flowery words”, as you call them, is more or less what you find in OOXML. See your remark above about “Do spacing like Word95″.

    …pointing out the hypocrisy of the people claiming that ODF is some flawless specification and that OOXML is somehow inferior.

    Thank goodness also for the remark from the GNOME Foundation, saying that ODF advocates have betrayed trust. I remain unconvinced and I am happy to discuss this further. In many ways, the GNOME Foundation, just like Novell, seems to be somehow obliged to assist Microsoft. The GNOME Foundation is presently divided over this for a good reason.

    The point of this post is that in order to paint Miguel as evil (which this site does quite often), you have to have some pretty poor insight into history and an evil mind of your own in order to draw connections to dots which don’t even exist in reality.

    If you have examples of this, please do point them out so that I can correct them. This seems like another attempt to throw a baby out with the bathwater. Vague accusations of inaccuracy is something that we get here more often then detailed comments (the other tactic being a ‘shoot the messenger’ ad hominem one).

  23. ffsdafdsfs said,

    December 17, 2007 at 6:16 am

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    “Okay, I know I’ll get flamed for this, but to paraphrase Sam from iTWire, KDE was getting along just fine. Choice is beautiful, but wouldn’t convergence have prevented this fragmentation?”

    Because KDE was built on a framework with a non-free license back then?

    QT has been re-licensed under the GPL only in 2000, while GNOME 1.0 was released a year earlier and had been started in 1997!

  24. Roy Schestowitz said,

    December 17, 2007 at 6:19 am

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    ‘ffsdafdsfs’,

    Yes, I am aware of this issue. That’s why I hesitated before posing that remark. One thing to always wonder about if whether or not GNOME played a role in changing Trolltech’s strategy.

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    A look back at Merpel's final post about EPO scandals and the looming threat of the UPC, which UPC opportunists such as Bristows LLP still try hard to make a reality, exploiting bogus (hastily-granted) patents for endless litigation all around Europe



  9. EPO Critics Threatened by Self-Censorship, Comment Censorship, and a Growing Threat to Anonymity

    Putting in perspective the campaign for justice at the EPO, which to a large degree relies on whistleblowers and thus depends a great deal on freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and anonymity



  10. Links 25/3/2017: Maru OS 0.4, C++17 Complete

    Links for the day



  11. Judge and Justice Bashing in the United States, EPC Bashing at the EPO

    Enforcement of the law based on constitutional grounds and based on the European Patent Convention (EPC) in an age of retribution and insults -- sometimes even libel -- against judges



  12. Looking for EPO Nepotism? Forget About Jouve and Look Closely at Europatis Instead.

    Debates about the contract of Jouve with the EPO overlook the elephants in the room, which include companies that are established and run by former EPO chiefs and enjoy a relationship with the EPO



  13. Depressing EPO News: Attacks on Staff, Attacks on Life, Brain Drain, Patents on Life, Patent Trolls Come to Germany, and Spain Being Misled

    A roundup of the latest developments at the EPO combined with feedback from insiders, who are not tolerating their misguided and increasingly abusive management



  14. It Certainly Looks Like Microsoft is Already Siccing Its Patent Trolls, Including Intellectual Ventures, on Companies That Use Linux (Until They Pay 'Protection' Money)

    News about Intellectual Ventures and Finjan Holdings (Microsoft-funded patent trolls) reinforces our allegations -- not mere suspicions anymore -- that Microsoft would 'punish' companies that are not paying subscription fees (hosting) or royalties (patent tax) to Microsoft and are thus in some sense 'indebted' to Microsoft



  15. Links 24/3/2017: Microsoft Aggression, Eudyptula Challenge Status Report

    Links for the day



  16. Bernhard Rapkay, Former MEP and Rapporteur on Unitary Patent, Shoots Down UPC Hopes While UPC Hopefuls Recognise That Spain Isn't Interested Either

    Germany, the UK and Spain remain massive barriers to the UPC -- all this in spite of misleading reports and fake news which attempted to make politicians believe otherwise (for political leverage, by means of dirty lobbying contingent upon misinformation)



  17. Links 23/3/2017: Qt 5.9 Beta, Gluster Storage 3.2

    Links for the day



  18. The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation Has Just Buried an Innocent Judge That Battistelli Does Not Like

    An innocent judge (never proven guilty of anything, only publicly defamed with help from Team Battistelli and dubious 'intelligence' gathering) is one of the forgotten casualties of the latest meeting of the Administrative Council (AC), which has become growingly complicit rather than a mere bystander at a 'crime' scene



  19. Nepotism at the European Patent Office and Suspicious Absence of Tenders for Big Projects

    Carte blanche is a French term which now perfectly describes the symptoms encountered in the European Patent Office, more so once led by a lot of French people (Battistelli and his friends)



  20. “Terror” Patent Office Bemoans Terror, Spreads Lies

    Response to some of the latest utterances from the European Patent Office, where patently untruthful claims have rapidly become the norm



  21. China Seems to be Using Patents to Push Foreign Companies Out of China, in the Same Way It Infamously Uses Censorship

    Chinese patent policies are harming competition from abroad, e.g. Japan and the US, and US patent policy is being shaped by its higher courts, albeit not yet effectively combating the element that's destroying productive companies (besieged by patent trolls)



  22. 22,000 Blog Posts

    A special number is reached again, marking another milestone for the site



  23. The EPO is Lying to Its Own Staff About ILO and Endless (Over 2 Years) EPO Mistrials

    The creative writing skills of some spinners who work for Battistelli would have staff believe that all is fine and dandy at the EPO and ILO is dealing effectively with staff complaints about the EPO (even if several years too late)



  24. EPO’s Georg Weber Continues Horrifying Trend of EPO Promoting Software Patents in Defiance of Directive, EPC, and Common Sense

    The EPO's promotion of software patents, even out in the open, is an insult to the notion that the EPO is adhering to or is bound by the rules upon which it maintains its conditional monopoly



  25. Protectionism v Sharing: How the US Supreme Court Decides Patent Cases

    As the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) starts delivering some decisions we take stock of what's to come regarding patents



  26. Links 22/3/2017: GNOME 3.24, Wine-Staging 2.4 Released

    Links for the day



  27. The Battistelli Regime, With Its Endless Scandals, Threatens to Crash the Unitary Patent (UPC), Stakeholders Concerned

    The disdain and the growing impatience have become a huge liability not just to Battistelli but to the European Patent Office (EPO) as a whole



  28. The Photos the EPO Absolutely Doesn't Want the Public to See: Battistelli is Building a Palace Using Stakeholders' Money

    The Office is scrambling to hide evidence of its out-of-control spendings, which will leave the EPO out of money when the backlog is eliminated by many erroneous grants (or rejections)



  29. In the US Patent System, Evolved Tricks for Bypassing Invalidations of Software Patents and Getting Them Granted by the USPTO

    A roundup of news about patents in the US and how the patent microcosm attempts to patent software in spite of Alice (high-impact SCOTUS decision from 2014)



  30. “Then They Came For Me—And There Was No One Left To Speak For Me.”

    The decreasing number of people who cover EPO scandals (partly due to fear, or Battistelli's notorious "reign of terror") and a cause for hope, as well as a call for help


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