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* Posts by Leon Brooks

3 posts • joined 13 Aug 2006

Concerns mount over missing SCO web admin

Leon Brooks

Five percent?

I'd presume that's because they simply ran out of percentage points. It's like expecting a fuel guage to read less-than-empty. (-:

SCOX-AU still haven't followed through on their promises to sue me for using "their" software without a licence (I regularly install Linux systems; I'm typing through two of them).

I'd like to claim knowledge of good lawyers (which I do), but I think even if I knew only useless legal twits, that should be more than enough to utterly steamroller SCOX's non-case.

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The ODF debate: A real world view

Leon Brooks

Usefulness of MS formats?

I was given some test MS-Office XML documents by a local MS leader, and they come in two formats: Plain Text & Indecipherable.

The latter format is produced by the "full" export, the former by the default. The Plain Text really was pared to a minimum, many common character styles simply weren't exported at all. The Indecipherable was full of complicated MS keywords (no doubt copyrighted etc) much like MS-Word's default HTML output only more obscure.

In summary, I reckon MS will find a similar way to botch the process In Real Life. "Open" in their mind seems to mean only "with our explicit permission & lockdowns".

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Leon Brooks

If Baen Books can do it, surely Microsoft can too?

Note the encryption and publishing policy here:

http://www.baen.com/library/

Compare that was MS's tight-wadded policies, & remember that Baen are putting up their main product here, whereas MS are putting up one set of file formats from one product.

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