Ubuntu Evangelism

Dotan Cohen dotancohen at gmail.com
Tue May 27 19:11:05 UTC 2008

2008/5/27 Andy <stude.list at googlemail.com>:
> Dotan Cohen wrote:
>> In order to crack down on the
>> rampant software pirating at my university, the university simply
>> bought MS Windows and MS Office for everybody.
> What about all the people who had already paid for MS Windows and MS
> Office? How come MS get paid twice for the same thing?

Better that MS get paid twice for 10% of their software than have 90%
piracy at the university. (not my thinking, but the university's

> And what about
> those people who don't want to use that software?

Well, now when I complain that they send files in word format, that
OOo cannot read because they use some obscure formatting for no reason
at all, they can tell me that I have no basis to complain. All the
software that I need to read those files is right there waiting for me
to install it.

>> This, while we have had
>> three semesters in a row of strikes because the staff wants higher pay
>> and the students want to pay less.
> Well if they will spend all their money on buying unneeded software!
> Why did they not just order some CDs of Ubuntu of ShipIt?

Because that cannot open the silly formating of the faculty's word files.

> Which Uni is this anyway?

This is Israel's leading technology university. It is often referred
to as the MIT of the Middle East. Just make sure that you include the
www in the URL!

>> They also bough Norton Antivirus
>> for the whole university last semester after a virus outbreak.
> Ah every one using the same AV. So if Symantec are slow to update for a
> particular virus/variant the *entire* university is up a creek.


Dotan Cohen


A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?

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