• A good article with a lot of points against OOXML, and why this file format MUST BE REJECTED by the ISO National Bodies.

    Microsoft’s position is hardening as the ISO vote on OOXML (DIS 29500) in Geneva approaches at the end of this month. We know more clearly now how Microsoft and its proxy group, ECMA, will position Microsoft’s OOXML specification in advance of the vote. In short, Microsoft is betting that its influence with National Bodies will allow it to push through a specification which elevates its own interests over that of truly competitive, open international standards.  

    A Deluge of Facts KOs OOXML (Office Open XML)


  • (I am and you?)


    This page is dedicated to all persons who want to find alternatives to Microsoft (and we are each days more). Personnaly I now hate Microsoft&39;s politics of innovation, Microsoft&39;s ideas against the open source community, and the way they acquire new technologies with their money: no heart at all. Moreover with my firewall, I discover that a lot of their applications use Internet Explorer to send data on the port 80: Direct X install, MSN Messenger, Internet Explorer, MSinstaller and so on. i already hear some of You saying: "yes We (M$) send data using webservices mainly because We (M$) want to improve your experience with windows XP"
    A lot of the alternatives below are now free, thanks to the open source community. If in the past a lot of complains have rised, mainly on usability and graphical user interface of free software, many of them can now compete with M$

    Microsoft&39;s main weaknesses? It seems to me that security, stability, and standards compliance are three areas where open source really has the advantage over proprietary software!

    • In todays society a new computer is like $600, and windows is $200, You could cut the cost by 25% just by using a open source os. and it would be more secure.
    • To mess up a Linux box, you need to work at it; to mess up your Windows box, you just need to work on it.
    • Windows Xp is stable as long as you decide to restart it every day by your own! (try not to do this 1 week long, for example go in sleep mode, you will see how much it is insstable :-( )

    REASONS TO AVOID MICROSOFThttp://www.lugod.org/microsoft/

    The explanation for what microsoft products improve or are &39;good&39;is very simple. When microsoft has had significant competition it has competed on features, price and quality. As soon as the competition was eliminated all significant improvement stopped. This explains excel (quite good because of lotus), IE (improved until netscape became insignificant) etc...
    This is why the MS monopoly has been so damaging it has stagnated development and led to a much lower level of quality than would have been the case without it.

    Why are Microsoft so popular, or why have they been so in the past? To me this is not a difficult question to answer.
    In the past, (a fair few years ago now) the users of a number of other operating systems/formats (the Amiga and the UNIXes, primarily) believed and made themselves out to be vastly superior to the rest of the human race. Elitism was a real problem. Granted, the UNIXes in particular genuinely were technically a lot better, but the attitude of "If you don&39;t understand it, you don&39;t have the right to use a computer in the first place," did not help expand computer use beyond specialised areas, nor did it help those few hapless individuals back then who were not technically minded or of above-average intelligence, but who were still forced for whatever reason to use a computer.
    Enter Microsoft. They were a company with the now oft-quoted philosophy of, "a computer on every desk and in every home." Granted, it may well have been their philosophy mainly for monopolistic reasons, but it was still very different from the exclusive attitudes which prevailed among users of other systems at the time. The major contrast is that UNIX operating systems make the assumption that the person at the keyboard is a) intelligent, b) willing to invest time solving problems, and c) most likely has some degree of technical knowledge already, and proceed on that basis. Windows&39; philosophy on the other hand is that the person using it either a) is relatively unintelligent, or b) *is* reasonably intelligent, but has no desire to go to the effort of using whatever brains they might have. Windows&39; subsequent popularity is in my mind direct evidence of the validity of this philosophy.
    Windows is the McDonald&39;s of software. It is technologically monumentally inferior to any other operating system in existence, but it is quick to use, convenient, is generally very aesthetically pleasing on a superficial level, and above all is designed with the idea in mind that the person using it has the desire to exert the least possible amount of effort (intellectual or otherwise) in order to accomplish a given task.
    Despite how disparaging that assessment of Windows might have sounded, the fact that it gave the layperson the ability to use a computer in earlier years was an extremely positive and important thing. When you have a group of starving children, if easily digestible junk food is the only thing on the menu, it will at least allow the children in question to survive, and is therefore desirable until a more nutritious alternative is available. I believe Microsoft&39;s popularity is now waning, and will continue to wane. The reason for this is that initially, their entire reason for popularity was that they allowed people a way of using computers which was easy but at the same time technically very deficient. At the time, for non-technical people Microsoft were the only alternative, and so Windows&39; insecurity, instability and unreliability was something that simply had to be endured. Now that other operating systems which are excellent technically are reaching levels where they are also as easy to use as Windows itself, non-technical users no longer need to settle for Microsoft simply because the alternatives are too difficult for them. They can finally have an operating system which is not only easy enough for them to use, but which has a far greater level of stability than anything Microsoft can give them...They have the opportunity to have the best of both worlds.

    So if a user is comfortable with windows, why would they want to switch to Linux?
    It&39;s pretty simple: you don&39;t have too. You&39;re free to use whatever you like and you shouldn&39;t be locked down to a specific system or be forced to switch to another one. As long as you know what you are doing, losing or gaining, it&39;s all fine. Read more reasons why you may want to switch to Linux here

    What is GNU/GPL?
    The GNU GPL is a license commonly used for many free software projects, such as the Linux Operating System Kernel. The GPL licenses software free of cost, but requires any redistributor to provide the full source code. To resume, any company in the world can use a GNU/GPL project as a start or integrate it in a commercial product as long as all source code changes is shipped with the product! That is great! why reinvent the wheel?

    12.12.2003 I decide to buy Suse 9.0 and switch my 2 PC to linux, and to work actively for the open source community


    Microsoft (M$)
    Internet ExplorerOpera




    Internet explorer is maybe now the worst browser on earth..
    • It has so many security flaws, that no internet page is ever capable of list them all,
    • Is accepting nearly every bad html code, -> in fact it promote bad coding and bad design guidelines on internet
    • Is not respecting any W3C standards (internet commission for standards)
    • is not portable, no way to run it on linux, mac os, beos
    • US-CERT Computer emergency readiness team recomend to avoid IE: http://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/713878

    -> throw it away. As a bonus, you will have less spyware as most of the malicious javascript/activex code is tuned and is based on design and security flaws of internet explorer...

    OperaIf you try it you wont go back to IE: Mouse gesture, panel organisation are better. Highly skinnable. Small memory footprint and it is SO fast. Cost 29â?¬ End of year 2003, acquire 1 get 2 licences!!!! If you want to learn more about Opera, first take a look at a wide-ranging examination of its features. Then read this documeent "30 Days to Becoming an Opera7 Lover." And learn how to configure the browser.

    Once it is started, it is as fast and rendering page faster than IE

    Sick of IE? Scrap It Completely or Beef It Up Mozilla&39;s release of Firefox this month prompts us to reconsider: "Should IE be put out to pasture?"

    Media PlayerVLC

    Winamp 5.0


    VLC: "The VideoLAN project targets multimedia streaming of MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and DivX files, DVDs, digital satellite channels, digital terrestial television channels and live videos on a high-bandwidth IPv4 or IPv6 network in unicast or multicast under many OSes. VideoLAN also features a cross-platform multimedia player, VLC, which can be used to read the stream from the network or display video read locally on the computer under all GNU/Linux flavours, all BSD flavours, Windows, Mac OS X, BeOS, Solaris, QNX, Familiar Linux..."
    Is getting better with each release. Now a lot of video who do not work on Media Player
    are working on VLC. Open source and multi plattform. Free of use.Interface still slow and ugly but latest version now support skinning.

    Winamp 5.0: I am using it since 4 weeks now, stable and great quality of output, it outpass the media player in all domains! NEW a part of winamp 5 will be open source!

    Windows FirewallKerio personal firewall
    Install a firewall and block all Microsoft applications when they try to send packet on port 80 and others. Free for personal use.
    Office 2003www.openoffice.orgFree of use. Use virtually any office documents. This tools has never been so atractive as today. Moreover don&39;t let M$ create closed source format as it lead to a monopole. Prefer the XML native format of Open Office.
    MSN Messenger
    YAHOO Messenger
    Miranda IM

    GAIM (linux/windows others)
    All these instant messaging tools are proprietary and full of spy to track your habits. Miranda is free, open source and has a huge number of plugins: 179 as todays, is skinnable
    and can use any protocol through plugins. In one interface you have all IM. I use it since 1 months now without any problems :-)

    but it is only working on windows...


    Windows XPMandrake 10

    Suse 9.0


    Suse live eval.
    You listen mp3, watch DVD, video, browse internet and never play any latest games.
    Are sick of updating your system all the time with windows update? maybe it is time to go to linux. It has been never as attractive as today. Mandrake 10 and suse 9.1 are really user friendly and look even better than windows XP with KDE 3.2. Wine, a windows wrapper/emulator, is working correctly with all windows apps without installing any M$ code..

    Zeta, if they can migrate a JDK 1.4 and Mono (open source .NET), it may be a good choice, stable, fast and the multimedia API&39;s of the future.

    "From zero to GNU Linux in 5 minutes" Want to try a linux installation without any modifications to your configuration? It is time to use a live evaluation CD like: Knoppix www.knoppix.org or Suse 9.0 live eval. They do not write on your disk, and are extract everything to RAM. You can also use these system, to access to any damaged hard disk: The power of linux on one CD.
    "KNOPPIX is a bootable CD with a collection of GNU/Linux software, automatic hardware detection, and support for many graphics cards, sound cards, SCSI and USB devices and other peripherals. KNOPPIX can be used as a Linux demo, educational CD, rescue system, or adapted and used as a platform for commercial software product demos. It is not necessary to install anything on a hard disk. Due to on-the-fly decompression, the CD can have up to 2 GB of executable software installed on it." from www.knoppix.net

    Paint Shop ProGIMP
    GNU Image Manipulation Program, run on Unix and on Windows. Great tool which is compatible with adobe photoshop plugin.
    GNU editing tools, open source Simply the best video editor available.
    eMule under linux
     SpybotThe ultimative free anti spyware tool
    mp3Ogg Vorbis
    "Ogg Vorbis is a completely open, patent-free, professional audio encoding and streaming technology with all the benefits of Open Source."

    Only drawback: you may not always find a portable ogg vorbis player.
    Review here: http://www.doom9.org/index.html?/codecs-203-1.htm

    Xvid is open source, no licence, and has better performance than Divx, and no restrictions on video size

    Download managerDownloader for X 2.5.0rc2

    There are several download managers that enable you to resume downloading after an interruption.

    "Downloader for X is a Linux/Unix userfriendly program with nice X interface to download files from the Internet. It suppotrs both FTP and HTTP protocols, supports resuming (of course if server side supports it) and makes downloading files from internet easy. Downloader for X is an analogue for Linux/Unix of such famous applications for Windows as ReGet, Go!Zilla and GetRight."

    "ProZilla is a download accelerator for Linux which gives you a 200% to 300% improvement in your file downloading speeds."
    Email Reader:
    outlook express
    http://foxmail.free.fr/www/home.php (french)
    "Foxmail is one of the most popular Internet email client, especially in China, more than 3 million people are using Foxmail to handle their email everyday, and the English version is also widely used in more than 20 countries.
    Foxmail is rated as 5 STAR software by ZDNet.

    After using all these tools, you will notice that you are no more using closed source commercial tools, next step would be to replace windows!


    Se faire rembourser les logiciels fournis avec son ordinateur: c&39;est possible!

    - HP rembourse 261â?¬ a un utilisateur Windows qui n&39;en voulait pas... Lire ICI Par This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , ZDNet France
    - DELL rembourse aussi! http://wiki.aful.org/Reussie2


    To be continued...

  • Apple just did steal the idea and is trying to convince the world that they did create it.

    The Verge is reporting that, in particular, Samsung pointed to the Diamond Touch device — developed in 2001 at the Mitsubishi Electronic Research Laboratory — which included predecessors of both pinch-to-zoom and Apple’s bounce-back effect. The device, available in the MERL lounge for anyone to use, saw images snap back into place, rather like they do in iOS, and featured an application called Fractal Zoom, which allowed users to manipulate and zoom in on images using multiple finger gestures.

    DiamondTouch: Pinch to Zoom in 2001

    Add pinch to zoom demo of Jeff Han that shows off a cheap, scalable multi-touch and pressure-sensitive computer screen interface in 2006 that may spell the end of point-and-click. Read now Multi touch and pinch to zoom years before Apple copy it!

  • The order has change in the top 3 of the most evil companies…Apple is now number one!

    1. Apple
    2. Oracle
    3. Microsoft

    In a public legal brief (PDF), Apple offers numerous design alternatives that Samsung could have used for its smartphones and tablets to avoid infringing on Apple's patents.

    From the PDF

    "Alternate tablet computer designs include: overall shapes that are not rectangular with four flat sides or that do not have four rounded corners; front surfaces that are not completely flat or clear and that have substantial adornment; thick frames rather than a thin rim around the front surface; and profiles that are not thin relative to the D’889 or that have a cluttered appearance."

    The simple combination of these things shouldn't be protected! Tablet are sharing by the same design limitations and there are a limited number of ways to solve the problems. Touch screens devices are going to be rectangular, with few buttons and most of the space dedicated to the screen!

  •  I see a lot of FUD (FUD is an abbreviation for Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt, a sales or marketing strategy of disseminating negative but vague or inaccurate information on a competitor's product. The term originated to describe misinformation tactics in the computer software industry and has since been used more broadly.[WikiPedia])  coming from the biggest company around there, namely Microsoft and Oracle stating that the open source developer, a geek, virtually does not exist. As last year, Steve Ballmer (Microsoft) has tagged Linux developer consecutively, ("Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches," ), then a bunch of  Communist. A lot of FUD and the reality is as usual in between...

    An Open source developer profile?

    I presume that a lot of professionals in big companies, when they go back home, have an envy to create code in the same domain of competence or in a new one, maybe it is their hobby, which can be mixed with their computing knowledge, or they use a program to solve, help them in their hobby . It is the case for me.

    I am a java developer, working in a swiss insurance company, and doing some PHP code for FUN and because I STILL consider it RELAXING. It has also permit me to learn a new language: PHP and make me a name in the joomla community, the site counter of this page (1.2 Millions visitors and counting), the number of weekly mails is my only salary. I have a well paid job that's true, and it allow me to offer a part of my  free time and code under the GPL license. What would had happen otherwise? I think I would have sell a limited number of user of licenses, and may have stop the support one day...

    Reality in a gray zone in huge projects

    While I agree that at some point any open source project which has million of lines of code, will require so much professionalism, release management overhead, architecture vision, or manage its internal complexity that it wont be possible to achieve big milestones without a lot of  professionals backing up the project. Eclipse.org (where IBM which has injected 1Bn dollars) is a good example of what big companies can do to help such major project..

    Why making my code open?

    Open source is different, open source will allow any future maintainer to take my code, reuse or enhance it. My code will or may never die if it is still useful. Something not possible in closed source relationship, where the code may be bought at some time by an evil company, and killed.

    Open source has been clearly an advantage in the development model of my Joomla components. Lets take securityimages (a CAPTCHA framework), I've develop the first plugin named core, and integrated 2 other well known open source plugins. FREECAP and HNCaptcha (Both GPL). While using them and looking at their internal code, it has help me improving my core plugin, using existing and well stable code, has pushed the overall quality, stability at a fraction of the cost: no licenses except keeping the copyright header untouch, it has only cost me time to integrate them!

    Open Source do not mean that You can take my code away, my code is still copyrighted, You can not remove the GPL header or Credits text, The only way to close this code now, i to take my GPL code away and rewrite this code in Your own way.
    I assume nearly every open source developer has its own reasons, but I've mainly develop code because:
    • I have had to solve concrete problem on my homepage: fighting spams. Nothing was existing at that time to solve my problem under Mambo and now Joomla,
    • Ive learn a lot at looking at someone else code, and I am now receiving some patches by emails from other developer around the world, translation in foreign languages, individual give their time back because they also see the advantage of open source: You can really get in contact with the main developer and influence the list of new features...
    • I want to give back something to the community in a whole, Joomla, but also Linux which is powering my 2 PC since 3 years, and so many others tools I daily use and appreciate.
    Oracle is a predator company like Microsoft, and I hope they understand that GPL project may be bought but can't totally disappear!
  • Technology, society has only come this far by building on the work of the people before you! the patent system is broken and useless: UPSTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) don't even check if something was invented by another person or company. Just so long as no one has patent you can do it even if you are NOT the inventor!!!

    From TED.com:
    Nothing is original, says Kirby Ferguson, creator of Everything is a Remix. From Bob Dylan to Steve Jobs, he says our most celebrated creators borrow, steal and transform. Kirby Ferguson explores creativity in a world where "everything is a remix."

    Said in the video:

    • Apple need 28 pages to explain how to unlock your device using your finger…
    • Steve Job famous quote should be extended with “Great artists steal but not from me”


  •  The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic State itself. That in it's [sic] essence, is Fascism - ownership of government by an individual, by a group or by any controlling private power."   -- Franklin D. Roosevelt, Message proposing the "Standard Oil" Monopoly Investigation, 1938
    Read more here: Examining Microsoft's business practices and lobbying, an article found at LXER Linux news
  • 'Get the Facts' campaign compares Windows' reliability favorably with Linux and other open source products.  From www.infoworld.com 
    Microsoft is expanding its "Get the Facts" campaign against Linux by talking about the reliability of Windows versus Linux systems, a company executive said on Tuesday, the day the Open Source Business Conference kicked off in San Francisco. Read more Here

    My analyse:
    FUD but not so eclatant as before...only a 15% wins using windows instead of linux on mission critical business application. I still see no windows server in  top10 on netcraft.com, best Uptime HERE

  • David Keppelmeyer trying to explain why using firefox will weak the whole business....
    "The end result is more attacks directly on Microsoft Internet Explorer users. Since open source browsers can't compete with Internet Explorer in the realm of features, they are attempting to undergrow our market share, making each IE user more likely to be attacked by the greater relative numbers of viruses, worms and malicious trojans".
    "That's an underhanded, abhorrent tactic."
    "If you are a business that uses Internet Explorer and other businesses are using Firefox, when the next worm hits it's you that suffers. That's directly the fault of Firefox adopters. In effect other businesses who have switched have squeezed more attacks your way". more Here

    As M$ said in the past:
    - open source may be helping terrorist,
    - open source is not interoperable
    - open source is insecure, has more bugs,
    - open source TOC is higher than windows,
    all sentences above has proven with time to be ridiculous. That let me think, M$ is in no mre in a defensive mode but rather in a panic mode..Future look exciting!

  • The Specification of both format are currently being reviewed, OpenXML is containing a lot of details about Office features  bugs (sorry any developer can not call them differently). Extract of the OpenXMl specifications are popping up on the web, one site is trying to bring a view on the problem.

    "The Open XML specification comes in 5 different PDF files with an 6 accompanying electronic annexes in excess of 43 megabytes. For comparison theODF specification is a single 11 megabyte PDF, with 3 separate XML schemas. The ODF specification weighs in at a mere 722 pages, where as, the largest PDF in the Open XML specification is 5219 pages long." read more

    The reason why the document is so looong, is that it will force all developer that want to support OpenXML to reproduce Microsoft Office fully (a program code base being 10 years old so good luck), as a result, Open XML will be nearly fully read and written only by Microsoft products.

    That exactly the contrary we would expect from an open standard

    The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) approved ODF as a standard in 2005, and it is now supported by IBM, Sun (OpenOffice) and Novell. IBM decide to stand against Microsoft OpenXML format lin december 2006.

    Suprisingly (not for me) Microsoft has agreed only to support the Open XML Translator, a project on Sourceforge which currently offers translations ONLY  between ODF and Word 2007, in clear text they help user migrate from ODF to their closed open format. Things never change, they want to control  Your file format, in order to force users staying with them...It is all about choice, support ODF

  • Interesting, after 100 lines I stop reading this promotionnal articles, really good FUD (wikipedia):
    Microsoft is hosting a discussion on Windows and Linux between its two top Linux consultants. Martin Taylor and Bill Hilf talk about the various OS

    "We believe the way to integrate software, and the way to get software to work in a heterogeneous environment, is through promoting open standards"
    a Funny response of a
    slashdotter below.... so true and more to read here
    Can somebody hit Bill with a clue-by-four and ask him about
    1. Samba, and why the Samba project had to reverse-engineer everything?
    2. Microsoft Office, and the hoops OpenOffice.org had to jump through to reverse-engineer their document storage format?
    3. NTFS, and why Linux still can&39;t support NTFS write natively (without using a MS DLL)?
    4. All the hidden system calls that Microsoft uses internally, and which came up in the anti-trust case?

    shame on You M$
    more comments, all credits to authors on www.slashdot.org
    a brief synopsys?
    Corporate-speak FUD
    Slick FUD
    Unbelievably clumsy and obvious FUD
    Laughable FUD
    Bone to the FOSS community
    Conclusion: FUD
    Discussion = earnest conversation.
    Propaganda = The systematic propagation of a doctrine or cause or of information reflecting the views and interests of those advocating such a doctrine or cause.
    foreach ($potential_problem) (@linux){
    print "Linux is okay but it has this $potential_problem&92;n";
    print "Yes, and I think you can see that Microsoft addresses this $potential_problem to the benefit of our customers!&92;n";
  • The Penguin Replies And How!
    In response to the recent Rob Enderele interview, Con Zymaris CEO of Cybersource Pty. Ltd. clears the air on the much-debated, highly publicised 'Microsoft vs Linux' war in an exclusive with www.CXOtoday.com  

    Note: Do not forget to read the comments as well, some are really good.
  • You want ot better understand Microsoft Business pratices and FUD campaign? I came across 2 interesting site last week...

    • Microsoft Watch is a Ziff Davis company and provide some indepth articles about Microsoft Technologie and practices. Some articles are very acid and always well argumented.
    • Microsoft Versus is a little bit different but still interesting, because It try to resume all business pratices that has made Microsoft the number one software company in the world (ouch)...

    If You want to be evangelize, the only site to read is Channel 9

  • debunking myths and facts,

    from the register,

    "Much ado has been made about whether or not Linux is truly more secure than Windows. We compared Windows vs. Linux by examining the following metrics in the 40 most recent patches/vulnerabilities listed for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 vs. Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS v.3:
    The results were not unexpected. Even by Microsoft's subjective and flawed standards, fully 38% of the most recent patches address flaws that Microsoft ranks as Critical. Only 10% of Red Hat's patches and alerts address flaws of Critical severity
    Also in PDF format here.