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Comment Re:MS Office mewlers and shills, queue here! (Score 1, Informative) 249

It's a good helper for old MS Office files when MS Office itself chokes on it. But if your daily work involves exchanging current MS Office files with co-workers and customers, with all involved parties editing the documents, you absolutely have neither time nor will to constantly deal with even minor issues. And like it or not, that's the reality for a lot of office workers.

Comment Re:Ubuntu switching to KDE (Score 1) 184

Well there were 2 different license problems. The original one around the first KDE releases, with the uncertainty whether the Qt license was GPL compatible. This legal uncertainty at least contributed to KDE not becoming the undisputed leading free mainstream desktop, and would have later caused problems with commercial viability of the platform. Then when Trolltech went dual-license, the platform was legally in the clear, but had a non-ideal developer proposition. It's not an accident that no distro that targeted the commercial desktop went with KDE, despite KDE's obvious technical advantages. Depending on your POV that can be argued to be a good thing, but commercially it wasn't.

Comment Re:Ubuntu switching to KDE (Score 1) 184

It made sense for Trolltech maybe, but not for small developers, and thus not for a vital ecosystem. In particular as you needed to license the commercial version from the start, you couldn't legally start development with the free version and then switch over. IMO the many little apps with a specialized purpose are what contribute immensly to why the mobile platforms are so helpful. Looking at Google Play, there's a large percentage for whom a steep entry fee would make no sense. As for the early days, you may be right about Harmony, etc., but the licensing mess at least didn't help.

Comment Re:Ubuntu switching to KDE (Score 1) 184

$99/year is one thing, but IIRC the Trolltech license was 1300 to 2000 Euros (depending on some details) per developer, plus IIRC some annual fee on top. Apart from that, I would like to see the alternative timeline where the KDE folks didn't mess up their licensing for a promising 1.0 version.

Comment Re:Ubuntu switching to KDE (Score 3, Informative) 184

AFAICT it was a licensing issue for the longest time. Previously, the licensing options for Qt forced developers to either use GPL for their code, or to buy a commercial license from Trolltech if they wanted their code proprietary. It wasn't a bad deal for free software, but not a good proposition for luring developers to the platform. Of course, today the available licenses from Digia also include LGPL, but that came pretty late.

Comment Re:Not a bad start. (Score 1) 665

Yeah, I don't disagree with this either. However, I want to remind you that freedom from unwanted tasks, and more time for family, the arts, and all beautiful things, has little to do with socialism, but was the promise of technology in the west as well, just like the hope of improvement for all humanity was the driving force behind the whole Enlightenment (of which industrial technology is a result).

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