Online article: "Microsoft funds African PCs amid open source debate"

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Wed Oct 5 13:01:09 CDT 2005

On Wed, Oct 05, 2005 at 04:18:39PM +0200, Emil Oppeln-Bronikowski wrote:
> 2005/10/5, Jeff Waugh <jeff.waugh at>:
> > I don't think we own the moral or technical high ground on this issue at the
> > moment.
> But I can not cut features to the bone with Windows. Well, I bet you
> can disable this and that, but it require a lot work, when compared to
> Linux. I have P2/400 laptop who had XP, and now runs KDE (Slackware).
> It has 256 Mb of memory. I get subjective feeling that they both run
> about same speed. Also, KDE seems to be more advanced DE that what XP
> provides.

While this is true, there is an important distinction to be made between
"there exist viable open source products which fill this need" and "open
source provides you with some pieces out of which you might build something
which fills this need".

 - mdz

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