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Old 12-30-2003, 07:04 PM   #1
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Another Country Says No to Microsoft


Israel has joined the ranks of countries that no longer want to pay microsoft for inflexibility and for what they can get much cheaper, woohoo:
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=03/12/31/1527231

the decision is the direct result of a court verdict that MS is a monopoly and engages in antitrust and unfair business practices. with the Open Source movement and way of doing things gaining momentum, MS is looking more and more like a dinosaur from any forward-looking perspective.

(i know i shouldn't gloat, but i can't help it)

<gloat gloat>

>edit: fixed link

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Old 12-30-2003, 07:22 PM   #2
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Hey now ......I want to gloat also...........<>gloat</>
 
Old 12-30-2003, 08:09 PM   #3
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knew that they'd open their eyes sooner or later
 
Old 12-30-2003, 08:27 PM   #4
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long live israel.

ChasidishHarry, we've got to do something about that distribution listing of yours.
 
Old 12-30-2003, 08:31 PM   #5
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ChasidishHarry, we've got to do something about that distribution listing of yours.
don't worry. It's being taken care of in about a week. The date of the switch to Linux is growing closer

Cheers,
Jerry
 
Old 12-31-2003, 03:00 AM   #6
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Israel has joined the ranks of countries that no longer want to pay microsoft for inflexibility and for what they can get much cheaper, woohoo:
That puts it rather nicely.........
 
Old 12-31-2003, 03:50 AM   #7
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Way to go Israel.

I thinks it is time that all the governments decide to implement free softaware.

If not for the whole country, then maybe for certain states to study the advantages.
 
Old 12-31-2003, 03:54 AM   #8
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Went Open Source a while ago...

I'm not sure the full story, but I remember reading somewhere about it.
 
Old 12-31-2003, 04:24 AM   #9
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Isn't Israel's decision more to do with the fact that MS Office stopped supporting Hebrew as they didn't think there was a demand for it? But Open Office and other open source projects did?

Whatever the reason - woo yay Israel.
 
Old 12-31-2003, 06:59 AM   #10
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Open source would be cheaper,has got quality and as it is open,there wont be any spying,and there is virtually no reason to turn to Windows for government business.This must be the most valid reason for more and more governments to turn to linux.
I dont know whether this has got something to do with the unfair business practices of MS.Open source can easily beat MS in terms of Price,Quality and Open ness,and that makes it win in a free market competition.
 
Old 12-31-2003, 07:11 AM   #11
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Open source would be cheaper,has got quality
Yep - its pretty clear that an increasing number of Public Sector agencies Worldwide are going to find that the TCO is significantly lower in using OpenOffice/Linux rather than Windows/Office - the point being that a Linux/OpenOffice combination is sufficiently adequate for their needs - that's not to imply that it has all the bells and whistles of an Office 2003 et al, rather, simply that's it's adequate enough - and of course improving all the time.......... watch 2004 unfold on Linux Today
 
Old 12-31-2003, 01:08 PM   #12
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Open source can easily beat MS in terms of ... Open ness


Great news to hear -- I'm just waiting for the day people everywhere understand what this concept of "linux" is instead of thinking "oh it's that one thing that programmers do."
 
Old 12-31-2003, 01:22 PM   #13
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Isn't Israel's decision more to do with the fact that MS Office stopped supporting Hebrew as they didn't think there was a demand for it? But Open Office and other open source projects did?

Whatever the reason - woo yay Israel.
Actually, Office supports Hebrew just fine, but I have a hell of a time getting OO to. :-(
 
Old 12-31-2003, 01:39 PM   #14
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You know.....it's funny.

Why would any other government want to use an OS made in secrecy in the United States. I know if I were in charge of another country I wouldn't want Windows.

I hope this trend keeps going.....then maybe I can get a job doing Linux instead of Windows...

Peace,
Whitehat
 
Old 12-31-2003, 02:25 PM   #15
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Why would any other government want to use an OS made in secrecy in the United States. I know if I were in charge of another country I wouldn't want Windows.
They're starting to wake up - apparently China, Japan, South Korea etc are looking to develop/tailor/lock down/deploy Open Source alternatives - my guess - they'll succeed..........
 
  


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