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Letters While 98 per cent of the world's PC users remain chained to proprietary software and are being asked to empty their wallets for another pointless upgrade, the fraternal folk of the Linux community have a more noble foe:-

Each other.

Yes, why waste valuable bandwidth trying to convert the heathen, when you can take potshots at your own peers' poorly-designed UI toolkits?

Our playful dig at the GNOME/KDE war drew plenty of interesting emails … and surprisingly, very few flames. You can find a selection here

Incredibly, in the week that basic open web standards came under threat, a few of you were interested enough to be distracted from the Linux Desktop Wars, and for your time, we give thanks. So unapologetically, letter of the week goes to John Rutledge, for this sarcastic missive:-


I hope they DO implement the RAND licenses! I'm serious, and no, I'm not some mindless drone who wants a closed web. Almost every significant step which has promoted the growth of the Internet has come from open sources, from TCP/IP to Apache (running over %60 of web servers). Even today, "standards bodies" use similar "open" techniques.

An example being the Java Community Process. It's comprised of company representatives who PAID to have the right to vote! Because of this, the process has lost much of what is gained as far as creativity and speed to adopt standards.

Example, has the Java community process made NEAR the progress that Linux,Apache or Tomcat has made in the past few years? I should hear snickering where I am in Denver.

So let them take the proprietary route. In the end, companies will use open standards because of lower costs and a better product. While we're at it, maybe we can get rid of Software Patents...

And what mailbag would be complete without a thorough and comprehensive demolition of publicity-seeking, post-modern, cyber-loon Kevin Warwick? Click here for your GNU/Implant. ®

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