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Two days after Microsoft publicly claimed that it owns patents on hundreds of programming methods used in the creation of open-source and free software -- including Sun Microsystems(SUNW)' Open Office desktop suite -- Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz posted a scathing blog in which he warned that "no amount of fear can stop the rise of free media, or free software."

In the post, which he titled "Free Advice For The Litigious," Schwartz says Sun was able to stabilize its business only after it decided to offer customers greater choice. In part, that meant embracing Linux and other open-source software, rather than issuing implied legal threats against free software users. "We decided to innovate, not litigate," wrote Schwartz.

Schwartz, who posted the blog Tuesday, also had this advice for Microsoft: "You would be wise to listen to the customers you're threatening to sue -- they can leave you."
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you tell them Sun. we need some more major company's to stand up for the people that don't want to follow Microsoft blindly, and want more choices.
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The CEO of Sun accually pee'd on Gates' parking spot, and posted a video of it on the Sun website. It was funny.
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lol owned
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OpenOffice is full of buggies. I'm with the free software stuff tho .
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no its not!

Your RIG is!


You let Billy Gean understand Sun!
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**** free software.
I want good software, if I pay for it.

as ppl say. You get for what you pay for.
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Originally Posted by Happydude123 View Post
**** free software.
I want good software, if I pay for it.

as ppl say. You get for what you pay for.
ill take the software that is just as good and free.
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umm... linux is free.... and i think its a better OS than m$
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Ya linux for server market is great. Theirs some distros that would work great for people that just check email and browse the net. Games on linux still has alot of work.
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Originally Posted by mikhsoj View Post
umm... linux is free.... and i think its a better OS than m$
What, exactly, can you do with Linux? Can you write a document and share it with other people and have them be able to open and edit it? Can you setup a multi-user domain and control the access specific users have to specific functions of specific devices? Can you make it so someone can access the same calendar and email box from anywhere in the world exactly as if he was sitting at his computer at home? Can you run full-fledged desktop applications in your web browser? And, last but not least, can you do any of this easily through a GUI? If you can answer 'yes' to any of those questions and provide proof of how you would do it, I will be very amazed

As for the question about free software: Is it a good thing? Yes. Is it better then non-free software? Almost (99% of the time) never. Personally, up to this point, I don't think Microsoft is a bad company or had done anything bad for the consumer. However, this action (at least on the face of it), seems to push that out the window. If what the head lines are saying is correct, this seems like a purely power-hungry move by Microsoft to eliminate the, albeit small, competition posed by open-source software.
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