Remember discussing the importance of FOSS?

Subject: Remember discussing the importance of FOSS?
From: Brian Gordon <elasticsoul2003 -at- yahoo -dot- ca>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 6 Oct 2005 12:53:14 -0400 (EDT)


GOOGLE HAS confirmed that it will launch free
spreadsheet and word-processing software online and
take on Microsoft in one of its biggest markets.

Under the deal, Google will allow web users to access
Sun's OpenOffice from a toolbar.

The other day, when Sun's Scott McNealy and his former
employee now Google chief Eric Schmidt met up, Sun was
wary about doing that.

When asked point blank, McNealy said it was something
to be investigated. However Sun's Australian spokesman
Paul O'Connor was a little more forthright about the
deal which he said was "huge".

He bubbled that the deal was a wake-up call for

"At the moment most people are used to having to pay
for software packages, but at the end of the day, the
value is in the content and services ? not in the
software itself," he said.


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