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States Filing Alternate Remedy Proposal for MS Anti-Trust Case 420

Posted by michael
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cbull writes: "News.com reports that 9 states and the District of Columbia will be filing an alternate remedy proposal in the Microsoft case later today. This would close some of the loopholes, better define middleware, require Microsoft to continue Office development for Macintosh and to develop a version of Office for Linux, among other things." There's also a Cringely column about the case. Somehow the phrase "Microsoft Office for Linux" has gotten people all fired up. Do you really want a version of Office for Linux? Really?
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States Filing Alternate Remedy Proposal for MS Anti-Trust Case

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  • Do we? (Score:4, Funny)

    by technos (73414) on Friday December 07, 2001 @06:33PM (#2673188) Homepage Journal
    Yes!

    Staroffice may be okay, Wordperfect acceptable, and VIM popular, but until a 100% office replacement exists, most places are going to continue to snub Linux as an alternative on the desktop.

    Besides, I like Office. MS may have had mega-crappy OS's, but Office always worked right.
  • by Karma 50 (538274) on Friday December 07, 2001 @06:54PM (#2673345) Homepage
    The source for iexplore.exe is simple.

    #include <windows.h>
    #include <mshtlml.h>

    int main(void)
    {
    IWebBrowser2 *ie;
    pfnClassFactory ClassFactory;
    HMODULE mshtml;

    CoInitialise();
    mshtml=LoadLibrary("mshtml.dll");
    ClassFactory=GetProcAddress(mshtml,"Factory");

    ie=ClassFactory();

    ie->Initialise();
    ie->Go();
    ie->Release();

    return(0);
    }

    All the web browser stuff is shared components - it's used by the help system and other things.
    But it's not integrated with the O/S, and don't you forget it!
  • by KidSock (150684) on Friday December 07, 2001 @06:56PM (#2673353)
    Do you really want a version of Office for Linux? Really?

    I heard that when they ported IE to Solaris that it required all sorts of crazy Win support stuff. I don't know about you but I'm not going to put an AUTOEXEC.BAT file on my Linux box.
  • by BrookHarty (9119) on Friday December 07, 2001 @06:58PM (#2673362) Homepage Journal
    Well if Office did come out for Linux..

    1. It would only run as root.
    2. You couldnt disable Clippy.
    3. Word documents would be saved with extensions ".upgrade_to_windows"
    4. NET extenstions would be automatically installed.
    5. Visios linux box icon would look like a toaster
    6. Spell checker would spell Linux as linux, and Open Source as "Pirated Software"
    7. Eastereggs in office would have the BSDeality logo.
    8. Office update would keep popping up, update "Microsoft Linux service pack #6805" for download.
    9. MSN messenger would be required with a passport account.
    10. Kernels would have to insert a new module that allows blue screens.
  • by thrillbert (146343) on Friday December 07, 2001 @07:00PM (#2673374) Homepage
    Do you really want a version of Office for Linux? Really?

    In one hand this is a good idea. It would make their OS dominance go bye-bye if people actually had a choice of platforms to run the office suite.

    On the other hand, do we really want to create new libraries proprietary to M$ under Linux that would allow the RandomCrashTime(), ScrewUpTheFormat() and CloseProgramIfNotSavedIn15Minutes() calls?

    And I'm sure they would require us to reboot after every save of the documents.

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  • Re:Do we? (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 07, 2001 @08:00PM (#2673777)
    Isn't everything supposed to run SUID root?
  • by wo1verin3 (473094) on Friday December 07, 2001 @08:26PM (#2673924) Homepage
    .... make a Linux version, and give it away. The catch is, CLIPPY THE EVIL PAPER CLIP FROM HELL can't be turned off.

    To remove this paperclip, please send $998 to Bill Gates, Microsoft Corp, c/o PayPal

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