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Re:Thanks Linus!

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on June 15, 2005 07:47 AM
"To the point. I've seen how desperate people were, when they had to change from DOS and WP 5.1 to WinXP & Word (because of decisions made in upper level)."


I think I understand what you are getting at, but it's a poor example, at least for advanced operators of word processing software. Newer isn't necessarily better or even equal. Moving from WP 5.1 to Word is moving from relative freedom to a straight jacket. There is an enormous difference between a sophisticated document automation development platform and Microsoft's "my way or the highway" approach to word processing, from working directly with markup code (and the ability to manipulate the markup definitions themselves) to an inflexible and very poorly implemented OOP metaphor. Most folk highly skilled in WordPerfect 5.1 would have no difficulty moving to TeX, for example, and would probably find that a liberating experience.

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