[BLUG] Meeting presentation idea: OpenPGP/Gnu Privacy Guard

Robert Freeman-Day presgas at gmail.com
Fri Jul 18 11:43:27 EDT 2008

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I will admit, though, I was surprised and impressed that MS opened up a
crapload of whitepapers/documentaton:


Now, we will see where that ACTUALLY takes us.

Steven, congrats on the kid and welcome to the club!

Steven Black wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 18, 2008 at 08:45:16AM -0400, Barry Schatz wrote:
>> I use Windows at work, as my company is a Microsoft shop. I use Firefox,  
>> Thunderbird and Pidgin instead of the MS equivalents. My boss tolerates  
>> my love of Free software, but never misses a chance to tease me about  
>> Linux and how "they missed their chance" or whatever.
> I once worked for a company called Be, Inc. They had a really great
> operating system. More than that, it was POSIX enough your command-line
> apps compiled easily, and easy/pretty enough it was fun to use. This was
> back before GNOME or KDE caught on, when Linux was genuinely ugly to
> look at most of the time.
> We had a product that was going to ship on devices. We had the
> deals, we had dates. Microsoft violated NDAs and threatened hardware
> manufacturers. They stopped the product from shipping. They killed BeOS.
> Of course, as the shareholders wanted money more than actually proving
> monopolistic practices, the issue was settled out of court.
> Microsoft competitors rarely "miss" chances. Typically it is just MS not
> playing by the same rules as the competition. Linux has done quite well
> for itself, considering who they are competing against.
> Cheers,
> Steven Black
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