[ILUG] Re: The I.S.A in the Irish Times
paul at clubi.ie
Sat Mar 26 18:08:41 GMT 2005
On Fri, 25 Mar 2005, Rory McCann wrote:
> I don't think it's a good idea to put forward OpenOffice, Firefox or
> Thunderbird as examples of open source innovation. All are too similar
> to exisiting Microsoft products to be called 'innovative'.
That's an interesting comment. Of the above, at most *one* could in
way be regarded as being behind MS in 'innovation'. One of the others
has direct lineage back to the first 'innovative' software of that
type (the MS product does too to an extent, but it was bought in, it
sucked majorly for many a year, and still sucks quite badly). The
final one again traces its lineage back to before MS had any credible
product in that space (and MS *still* dont have a product in that
space, its crippled for everything but MS protocols).
Sorry, but just cause the MS products are now the better known doesnt
change the fact they were (in at least two of the cases) late to the
party and those products *still* suck quite badly..
1. Ok, not the first, but the first the majority of us would have
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