December 13, 2000

ESR: Great news this year for Open Source

Author: JT Smith publishes a Japanese interview with Open Source advocate Eric S. Raymond: "Well I can think of a couple of pieces of news that I think are of importance. The first one
that occurred to me was when it was revealed that Andy Hertzfeld and the rest of the original
Macintosh interface designers were going to work explicitly on producing an end user interface,
GUI, for Linux. That was spectacular news.

Another piece of spectacular news was the announcement that StarOffice was going to be open
source as OpenOffice. It's important because it's going to take a productivity suite with features
comparable to Microsoft Office to make Linux truly competitive on the desktop, and Open
Office is a very large step towards that."


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