Time is up for #introduction
I'm on Mastodon cause I'm fond of open source and #decentralization as they are idealistic ideas that truly work.
I wish to overcome this awkward “No, I personally don't know anybody else who is using Fediverse” problem, so I'm considering to organise a #Fediverse #meetup in the #Bratislava #Slovakia where I live.
For fellow freelancers in tech intrigued by the idea of starting a worker owned tech coop, this is a great guide (and if you're in Seattle and interested in talking, please message me)
I am a 17 (almost 18) year old software developer and full time Linux user.
I got started with Linux at the age of seven using Edubuntu on an old Win 2000 server computer and started learning how to use other distros on an old Acer Aspire One.
I am proficient in Python and develop discord bots as well as other applications.
I hope to break into the FOSS community and start working on projects soon. You can find me on Github as garman1001.
♲ @FuchsiaShock@radical.town: And in the process created the coolest image ever
The question was not as hypothetical as I thought.
365 Personal (32 bit) has Silver rating in #Wine Database
and there are even reports of
“Word and Powerpoint run[ning] flawlessly” from 365 ProPlus
see: Comment from Akash, July 1st 2019
Just as a reminder, I'm not interested in MS Office for my personal use. Nowadays, I'm using mainly LaTex.
"Microsoft is one of the biggest contributors to open source project on GitHub (platform now owned by Microsoft). But if you look at their projects, you’ll notice that almost all of the Microsoft’s open source products are aimed at programmers and software developers.
This is not love, Microsoft and Linux. This is merely a relationship of convenience."
@lwriemen I agree, however this is sort of egg or chicken situation.
General public, most of companies and government agencies won't consider switching to Linux unless it supports MS Office, Photoshop, SAP and others.
However, none of the big players will support Linux unless its user base is big enough.
As most people hate changes, switching form Windows and at the same time from MS Office is too much of a challenge for them.
I see MS Office for Linux as the only way out of vicious circle.
State’s IT policies should require from all software to be multi-platform, as the best defense against the vendor lock-in.
This would also turn gradual change for #FLOSS much more feasible, less cumbersome and easier to manage.
MS Office is the prime example of this problem. If we could deal with this, rest would be much easier.
In fact there is petition calling for Microsoft Office for Linux,
sadly it did not get momentum so far. Maybe fediverse can change it.
GNU/Linux has small chance to ever get mainstream, unless the biggest propitiatory software can be used on it easily.
To make #Linux more competitive we should either sign #petition to #Microsoft supporting #MicrosoftOffice for #Linux
or mail #antitrust offices en mass https://www.justice.gov/atr/report-violations
https://ec.europa.eu/competition/contacts/electronic_documents_en.html, arguing that MS Office has no support for Linux as tool of unfair competition – making switching to Linux harder.
If there was MS office for Linux would be Linux used more?
Music (YT Link)
@pv this sort of medieval-synthesizer style music is amazing. No need to help you, just keep listening. 😉
Maybe, try it through this open source YT front-end for much more minimalistic and more Google-free experience
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