Superior OpenOffice.org advice

Every few days, I take a little trip to Solveig Haugland’s OpenOffice.org Training, Tips, and Ideas blog and I tell myself, “This woman is a wealth of knowledge on the subject. Somebody should really make a nice blog post to that effect and let people know there’s a place they can go for superior, and free, OpenOffice.org information.” Well, today, I’m finally listening to myself. Solveig is the author of several books including the OpenOffice.org 2 Guidebook and she knows her OpenOffice.org stuff. (If you would like to buy a copy of the OpenOffice.org 2 Guidebook, click here. Even if …

Sue Me First, Microsoft!

Want to get sued by Microsoft? Then read on. At the end of this post, you’ll have your opportunity. By now, you’ve no doubt heard the story that Microsoft claims that Linux and FOSS violates at least 235 of their patents. Once again, Microsoft innnovates through intimidation and litigation.  Does anyone really think they’ll come clean as to which patents Linux supposedly violates? To quote Ballmer, “What’s fair is fair.” Well, fair comes with a price, even for the mega-rich like Mr. Ballmer. If he honestly means what he says, that is. In that corner wherein our wildest imagination wanders …

Codebreakers

In May 2006, the BBC aired a documentary it called “The Codebreakers”. This two-part series looked into the adoption of FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) and its impact on the so-called digital divide. Some nice history and interesting interviews make this worth watching. Enjoy!

Microsoft to Begin Shipping Windows Linux Ubuntu

Yes, that title made me jump back a step or two as well, but this article from the “Postcards From the Pug Bus” Website and its report from Redmond makes a strangely twisted kind of sense. “Since Linux operating systems run on open-source code, anybody is free to adapt and use that code,” said Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. “Therefore, we took the things that Linux is good at, coming up with catchy names and creating a virus-resistant operating kernel, and combined them with things that Windows is good at, like recognizing common software applications and getting a printer to work, …