[K12OSN] No flames: Why use M$ offerings?

Julius Szelagiewicz julius at turtle.com
Mon May 3 13:33:55 UTC 2004

On Mon, 3 May 2004, Yancey B. Jones wrote:

> > 	here I was, thinking that this thread was already
> > beaten to death, but you've managed to rescue it. Allow me to
> > explain: a "practical"
> > decision without "philosophical" underpinnigs at best
> > constitutes intellectual laziness, at worst, antisocial
> > behavior. Refusal to see the connection between one's actions
> > and the world at large is very convenient, even comfortable,
> > cognitive disconnect not-withstanding. I've seen today a "get
> > out of Iraq' bumper sticker, on a Hummer.
> I am sorry that you feel that way. Did you really need to resort to insults
> to try and prove a point? Or does your open mind simply close to the fact
> that there are other choices out there beyond open source software? You may
> view Microsoft as Satan incarnate, but I don't. And by golly, my
> intelectually lazy mind just can't wrap itself around the idea that my
> decision to use Outlook constitutes anything more than me exercising my
> right to choose.
	I am truly very sorry that you feel offended - this was *not* my
intention. I am at a loss here - where did I "resort to insults"?
	As to choice and open source software - I run the business system
on HP-UX - very much not free and my absolute favorite operating system is
IBM's VM, also not exactly free, but it seems that 40 years of development
didn't doom it. julius

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