[ILUG] M$Orifice for Linux
ilug at moil.demon.co.uk
Thu May 11 02:35:20 IST 2000
On Wed, May 10, 2000 at 10:27:41AM +0000, Caolan McNamara wrote:
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Original Message <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
> On 10.05.00, 10:52:51, Noel Carroll <Noel.Carroll at CardBase.com> wrote
> regarding [ILUG] M$Orifice for Linux:
> Competitors C see a market for a word processor on platform Linux,
> writing wp is a lot of effort, commercial companies require a potential
> base B to buy it. It must be as featured as company As. B will buy it if
> that can be guaranteed. Unscrupulous A announces that they will port
> their wp to Linux, innocent base B says to itself "I will wait until that
> is available, then I will buy that", competitors C are stymied, they
> cannot get advance orders, everyone goes into a holding pattern waiting
> for A to announce its plans one way or the other. Clever tactic, yes?
Histerical note: this was one of the very first anti-trust cases
served on IBM when they tried this in the late 1950's; IBM lost then just
as M$ are suffering at present.
As for real WP on Linux, consider TeX and if you insist on WYSIWYG
try coral, lyx or klyx.
But maybe TeX requires people to think too much.
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