Re: Why should I be worried about the merger? NOT

Subject: Re: Why should I be worried about the merger? NOT
From: Lou Quillio <public -at- quillio -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2005 09:33:30 -0400


Spitzer, Judd L wrote:

Change is inevitable, but WE are the change agents!

Agree. The machinations of Microsoft, Adobe, Macromedia and similar mature vendors are beginning to pull against us. It's time to start plotting a course away from them, or be slaves.

I think techcomms everywhere should be testing OpenOffice, AbiWord, The GIMP, Inkscape and Scribus *now*. Folks doing Web work should be running Apache (not IIS) locally; try XAMPP for this (Apache2, php5, Perl, MySQL server). And whatever *can* be XML *should* be XML, or in a database (MySQL? PostgreSQL?)

We have no one to blame if we're caught in corporate crossfire. Replacement tools exist today. And they're free.

(Of the apps mentioned above, only Scribus isn't ready for prime time on Windows. The rest are production grade. OO.o 2.0 [!] is in beta now, Inkscape is truly exciting, and The GIMP is so complete it's baffling that anyone would buy a seat on the PhotoShop bus.)

LQ

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