From: Donncha O Caoimh (donncha.ocaoimh at domain tradesignals.com)
Date: Wed 09 May 2001 - 12:53:16 IST
I know you can use free software, but I was refering to the fact that:
The MS Word file format is a jealously guarded secret. Err, scratch
that. Even MS don't understand it. They recommend wvword as a reference.
I use Netscape to handle all my mail. Source isn't available, but
despite what people say about it it's a very capable mail reader.
Hmm.. this reminds me.
During the last arguement about free software vs propreitary it occured
to me that there's a certain hypocrisy at play. Perhaps that's not the
right word but it comes close.
It's my belief that Unix users pride themselves on using the right tool
for a job. That's why there are so many shell tools. Many do similar
You could do with a Perl script what grep does, but it would take longer
to write. A simple Awk script can do what sed does, but it's not always
But for some people, this "right tool for the job" mentality goes right
out the door when closed-source/propreitary software is mentioned. It's
not even a consideration.
I won't go on and rehash all the usual closed vs open source arguements.
In the end, it comes down to what's important for you. If it's simply
functionality, then any application/product will do, but if it's
politics then you might be excluding a lot of potentially cost-saving
tools out there.
kevin lyda wrote:
> On Wed, May 09, 2001 at 10:53:17AM +0100, Donncha O Caoimh wrote:
> > Blah blah blah, propreitary software, evil empire, blah blah blah..
> > Anyway, for those of us who have to live in the real world, here's how
> > to get Abiword to open a Word file from any email your boss sends you:
> i live in the real world and use free software for this - mutt uses my
> .mailcap file to see how to open word docs. just add
> application/msword;abiword %s
> to it.
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