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Geneva Tax Authorities Distribute Mozilla 1.2.1 to Taxpayers

Saturday February 15th, 2003

The German Heise magazine is reporting that all taxpayers in the Swiss canton of Geneva are being given a CD which includes a French version of Mozilla 1.2.1. The CD also includes GEtax 2002, a tax declaration program, and OpenOffice.org 1.0.1.

Though the Heise article is in German, a rough English translation is available courtesy of Google. Thanks to johann_p for the news.


#25 Re: Hardly

by Ascaris <ascaris1@att.net>

Saturday February 15th, 2003 5:23 PM

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It took 13 seconds for OpenOffice 1.0.1 Writer to start on my 900 MHz Duron laptop under WinXP. This is admittedly significantly longer than WordPerfect 10, which took seven seconds, but I'm not going to fret over six seconds.

As to if there is any benefit to using OpenOffice other than (I forget the wording, but it was something like the moral superiority of not using MS)... I would say that there certainly is. With the idiotic and draconian licensing agreements that MS is pushing these days, it makes a lot more sense to get something like OpenOffice, or if you must have tech support, Sun StarOffice. It is much cheaper and more straightforward to use the Sun/open source solution, and that is likely to become increasingly true as Microsoft continues to push toward its "rent your software" model.

I do not like where MS is going with Windows, with .NET, with its software licensing. They're looking to cash in on their monopoly in a way that makes the current antitrust-law violating MS look benign. I like open source stuff conceptually, but so far, I have not been compelled to make the jump to Linux. I am, though, beginning to think about it... and if MS continues their current nonsense (and there is no reason to think they will not), they will assuredly lose yet another user. The trickle can easily become a flood if they piss off too many of their users.

Microsoft is more hated by their own customers than any other company of which I am aware. Things like the new licensing of Office, the proclivity of MS to change the licensing terms when they put out fixes for bugs that are present because of their incompetence (talking about XP SP1, if that is not obvious), the continuous failure of MS to understand the security and privacy needs of their users, Windows Product Activation, et cetera, are onerous enough to make me think of the lack of a splash screen with "Microsoft" on it seem like a "killer app" feature.

OpenOffice is not up to the polish level of Office, for sure; customizing the toolbars, specifically, is very clunky and buggy in 1.0.1. Mozilla and NS7 still have some performance and polish issues that I do not see in MSIE/OE, and Linux is (as I understand) hard to get configured on a lot of computers... certainly, though, the appeal is not wholly in the open source products themselves (with the exception of Mozilla... as a longtime Netscape user and devotee, its NS lineage is a thing that pulls me to Mozilla, rather than pushes me away from MS) , but in the freedom of choice, and the freedom of being dominated by one corporation, that makes OpenOffice and other open source programs appealing. Certainly, though, I think anyone here understands that.

Frank