Re: Uncle Sam Wants YOU!

From: Marius Nita (
Date: Sun Jul 01 2001 - 17:32:51 EST

On Sun, Jul 01, 2001 at 01:01:51PM -0700, Paul Mundt wrote:

> You always have a choice, work elsewhere. If you're in a position where you're
> working with MS products, you were the one who made the decision to do so.
> MS is not at fault, claiming so is childish.

_I_ think it's childish to claim the above. You _may_ have a choice, yes, but
is that choice equal or fair? Microsoft has infected both the user area as
much as the business/work area. If you want to purchase a PC because your
computer just fried and you want to finish a paper or something, but you
_want_ to use KOffice on Linux, and you don't care for Windows/Word
whatsoever, what are the chances that if you run down to the computer store
your "choices" will be Windows/Word, _period_! You'll then have to make sure
that none of the hardware in it is Software driven-like winmodems-and that
it's supported by Linux (or whatever OS you prefer). Almost all computers out
there (from well-known compianies) ship with winmodems. How is that a choice?
You have a choice to waste $70 on a harware modem, when someone who uses
Windows doesn't?

Then, when it comes to work, what are you choices there? You choose not to
Work for one of the Windows-based companies out there, and spend more time
looking for a different job, but at the same time you choose not to pay your
rent, feed your kids, etc. All I'm asking for is a _fair_ choice! Even if
one's lucky enough to get their preffered non-MS job, they will have to work
for some MS company while they scout around for it. So yes, we have a choice,
but going the MS way is the muuuuch easier route. And this is all owed to the
fact that MS is driving special campaigns instilling fear in the hearts of
non-MS companies, offering "great deals on software packages", "solving your
problems the right way", making you feel that if you don't go MS you're
screwed, etc. You never see SUN, do that, do you?

So what I call a choice is a fare choice. And I don't see one here.

   Marius Nita
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