NiteMair writes: Several members of the ReactOS project have started a Kickstarter campaign in order to create a commercial service (Thorium Core) to provide cloud desktop services based on the ReactOS operating system. The plan is to provide commercial funding to further develop ReactOS, a Windows clone which has been in various stages of development since the late 90s. Their goal of $120,000 would seem to be a bit lofty, and they are off to a slow start still after nearly a month, but considering some of the amazing things that have happened during Kickstarter campaigns in the past, perhaps this project still has some potential.
andrew012 writes: While it is understandable that people in the western world see it as a matter of personal status to have the best or latest available model of a smartphone, what it boils down to is the infantile need to own the latest pair of Nikes, just to be the coolest kid on the block.
Jeremiah Cornelius writes: Rapture of the Nerds co-author Charlie Stross hates Microsoft Word, worse than you do. Best of all, he can articulate the many structural faults of Word that make his loathing both understandable and contagious. "Steve Jobs approached Bill Gates... to organize the first true WYSIWYG word processor for a personal computer --...should it use control codes, or hierarchical style sheets? In the end, the decree went out: Word should implement both formatting paradigms. Even though they're fundamentally incompatible... Word was in fact broken by design, from the outset — and it only got worse from there."
Can Free Software do any better, than to imitate the broken Microsoft model? Does document formatting even matter this much, versus content?