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In one morning I've learned that there is progress in porting MS Office to Linux and that Twitter announced plans to build decentralized social media protocol.

@pixel do you have a link to the Twitter announcement?

@pixel I answered my own question.

I couldn't find anything on google news but I found this twitter.com/jack/status/120476

@kai yes, that's what I saw. As a fediverse user, that stream of tweets feels extremely ignorant to me. If you are willing to invest money, explore the status quo.

Honestly, I'm afraid that Twitter could do what Google did with XMPP. Implement and promote it in the beginning, get a dominant position and cut off others.

I also think, that there might be some much deeper reasons why distributed solutions are preferred. Legal, for example.

@pixel Yeah, the first thing I thought of is facebook encrypting messages so that they have no legal obligation to police the content.

@alcinnz I don't know. Would it matter though?

@pixel I'd certainly hope releasing Microsoft Office source code under the GPL or even BSD would make a difference. At the very least we could then fork it whilst still having a better chance at reading their file format.

@alcinnz I agree. Is MS interested in ability of others to read their file format? I really don't know and I'm very sceptical.

@pixel Me too!

As I've said recently "Microsoft has pivoted to The Cloud! Monopolists feel safe from us Software Freedom enthusiasts in The Cloud! They might even pretend to be our friends."

If anything this pivot makes things worse.

@pixel Sorry - one more question: why would one care about msoffice on linux when open/libre office have been so good for so long? I've put a bunch of small companies on it over the years and most ppl don't even notice the difference. Serious question - I'm not being argumentative. Maybe the ppt application still doesn't match up very well?

@gemlog because of some corporate practice, it might be beneficial to have office on Linux. Think of approvals. It's very difficult to get software installed on request even if it's available in a repository (git for example). Peoe know what MS Office is and it was most probably been approved.

In the ideal world there would no be reason to have MS Office on Linux, but it might be bener to have it to operate in certain corporate environment.

@pixel Right. I understand. You've clearly worked for much larger companies than I have - I'm normally the only IT guy ;-)
Most employees in client was like 80-90.

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