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IBM has officially launched the commercial version of its Lotus Symphony suite of productivity applications, and looks set amount a challenge to Microsoft Office in its enterprise heartland.

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Created by lozz 6 years 23 weeks ago – Made popular 6 years 23 weeks ago
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6 years 23 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago

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Lotus Symphony is

Lotus Symphony is proprietary software. It's nice that Symphony implements ODF support but ODF support does not improve the ethical standing of anything. User subjugating software is still user subjugating.

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schestowitz

6 years 23 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago

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Learn from Eclipse roadmap

It is also based on an old version on OOo. Still, better Lotus Symphony than MSO. Standards are a good start.

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6 years 23 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago

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All Proprietary Software Is User Subjugating

Lotus Symphony is no better than MS Office; they are both equally non-ethical. The fact that Symphony is based upon an old revision of OO.o is irrelevant. Right now, Symphony is non-free to any user.

Whenever a user accepts a proprietary program, they have chosen to give up their freedom in exchange for limited rights to use that program; the freedom that once belonged to user is now under the control of the software proprietor.

The reason why MS is in possession of the power it currently wields is because **the people of the world have given MS power over their lives**. It is futile to tell people to reject one master (Microsoft) in exchange for a different master (IBM); the people will remain subject to a master. It would be much better if there were no masters at all; you can escape the subjugation of software proprietors whenever you exchange proprietary software with free software.

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6 years 23 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago

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Escape barriers

Good point, I stand corrected.

Standards only lower the escape barrier.