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Old 09-08-2005, 04:16 PM   #1
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Please review my article for accuracy

I am working on a new draft of article based on response at LQ. Thank you for your help.

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Old 09-08-2005, 04:38 PM   #2
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Good article.

A lot of people don't take into consideration the needs of people who are visually or otherwise impaired. Working for a large company that has to sift it's way through stacks of licensing and compliance issues I can see how this creates more problems for people with impairments.

I think your choices of comparison software are good. My only suggestion (and this depends on the preferences of the publishing body) would be to possibly provide more detail of the software. Of course that may lean away from the scope of the piece.

For example:

The most recent version of Open Office is more than a rough approximate of Office. In fact it pretty much mirrors all of Office's applications except for Access (and there is still a very functional database application). All the other Office Applications (Word, Powerpoint, Excel) are not only mirrored, but documents can be interchangeably read between Open Office and MS Office. Firefox (though not part of Open Office) is much more feature rich than people realize. The biggest point (and this is an opinion) of Firefox is that it natively is more secure than Explorer.

Hope that helps.
Old 09-08-2005, 06:47 PM   #3
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need to wait several months for the a authorized person to resolve the software conflicts.
remove the "a"

Stallman created the GNU Public License
"GNU General Public License." Also may want to specify what "GNU" is....

other software access use the computers resources.
" can access and use the.." Also shouldn't mention "Linux" without a brief explaination of what it is.

These applications may include office suites, text editors, photo editors, media players, web browsers, games, and an operating system.
You saying that the "operating system" is an application.. it's not. It is the collection of all those programs with the kernel.

downloading and burning images by purchasing CD ROMs from vendor who specializes in manufacturing
"CD ROMs from a vendor who...."

developed by a not for profit foundation.
should be worded as "non-profit"

users should never pay for software.
"should never have to pay.." No one ever said quality software isn't worth paying for. Donations are what keeps the community alive.

the speediest and efficient Linux distributions
"speediest and most efficient" is how that should be worded. I don't know that I would say that though. It's not compiled for a high architecture. It's not as fast as Slackware, Arch, Gentoo, among many others.

then try some of free software that is available on Windows.
"some of the free software that is available for Windows" added "the" and replaces "on" with "for"

Adobe Photo Shop
"Adobe Photoshop" Photoshop being a single word.

Linux based systems are often highly configurable. Thus, the user may select screen resolution, font size and type, and colors to maximize visibility. In addition, many free web browsers are highly configurable. Thus, the user may enlarge font in the web browser to two inch high letters.
This paragraph is basically not necessary as you are conveying the message that that other OS can't change colors/font sizes/types/etc.. and it is fully capable of doing so.

Tens of thousands of individuals and business contribute time and money to make free software.
"individuals and businesses contribute..."


I know I made a lot of changes, but I think that's what you were asking for. Sorry if I irritated you with nitpicking... lol
Old 09-09-2005, 01:03 AM   #4
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"Sorry if I irritated you with nitpicking"

Thank you for your comments. Nitpicking is a necessary evil for a good article. I will make the changes that halo14 and etruiii recommended.

The more comments that I receive, the better my article.

Best Wishes,

Old 09-09-2005, 07:19 PM   #5
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Your article would be complete with a description of the BSD model of free software. The BSD copyrigth permits another kind of interaction where commercial companies contribute cash & code to the original projects. It also lets them to use tested software. One of the best examples is Darwin/Mac OS X.


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