Is Canonical Becoming The New Microsoft?

Tero Pesonen tero at
Thu Feb 11 16:37:24 GMT 2010

On Thu, 2010-02-11 at 16:17 +0100, Amedee Van Gasse (u2s) wrote:
> On Wed, February 10, 2010 16:34, Tero Pesonen wrote:
> You don't write a thesis or a research paper with a word processor. You
> need a document processor for such things. Something that uses LaTeX, like
> Lyx. Really. Trust me. When was the last time you have written a thesis?
> Everybody I know, myself included, writes their thesis and research papers
> in LaTeX. They (and I) use the word processors (MS Word, AbiWord, OOo
> Writer) only for simple things like letters.

They obviously do not collaborate with other researcher that do not use
LaTeX. I've tried using it. But because no one else does, collaboration
becomes impossible. Believe me, I would like to use it, and I certainly
will the day the EU accepts project applications written with LaTeX and
most of my colleagues adopt it. But when everyone I work with uses MS
Word, and all the document templates I have to use are .dot files, I
either use OpenOffice (sometimes also MS Word on VirtualBox), or I find
myself another job.

Tero Pesonen

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