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I Don't want to use MS
>To David Sarna especially,
>Some of us don't ever want IE 3.xx, IE 4.xx or IE xxx.xx on our hard
>drives. Never. Don't you get it? I have already posted my main reasons.
>However I did want a program to keep Win95 from crashing.
I do not want to use MS stuff either. I also don't like anchovies
in my pizza. Is that OK? I think that MS thinks not. They
are and have been intentionally crippling the interoperability
of other platforms with their own specifically to squeeze out
alternatives. No this is not OK. They are coercing HW
manufactures to do their bidding, making it increasingly more
difficult for ordinary users to buy machines without their products.
Now the real point. It may be difficult or impossible to
stop MS from holding excessive dominance in the Info biz,
but it is imperative that MS be stopped from locking out
alternatives. If we really care about keeping the alternatives
alive then we must focus on 4 things.
1. Somehow MS must be stopped from hijacking Internet standards
such as HTML and Java, and pushing platform specific stuff
onto the net.
2. They must be stopped from incorporating every app into
their desktop. Why is'nt excel or work a logical extension
of the the desktop?
3. MS must be barred licensing arrangements that give than
anything more than standard copyright protection for their
4. WE must make the alternaives known. Particularly the public
domain stuff. I do not propose that FreeBSD or Linux are
are simply better (I believe that myself :-), but they
are the only economically viable alternives to MS.
This has all been IMHO :-)
Mark Hinds Linux*Shmo