I have stumbled on free software when I was 50, searching for an alternative to Microsoft Office. I was fed up with Microsoft Outlook, the worst piece of software ever developed. I am now over 60, and after ten years in the free software trenches, I have some ideas to share.

Really, Mr Weir ?

Do you really think that journalists would listen to someone bashing another company, organization, project or product? Really? I suppose that journalists are going to be sincerely flabbergasted by your words, as they show the utmost consideration you have of their wits and independence.

Your message is a testament of your attitude. In fact, only someone who has spent the last 24 months bashing with rabid language and spreading FUD over The Document Foundation and LibreOffice could coinceive such an ill concept about the media.

Anyway, thanks again, Mr Weir. When I asked for the second chapter of the saga I was not expecting such a quick turnaround.

Comments on this entry are closed.

  • Mark November 1, 2012, 7:26 pm

    Please don’t feed the troll.
    He is just seeking attention.
    And you are giving it to him.

    Your last post was spot on. This is the backlash of a scared man.
    Just leave it at that. Taking him seriously only encourages him to
    write more and more nastier insane FUD. The fact that he isn’t
    able to concentrate and make his own project relevant says

  • Fitoschido November 2, 2012, 5:57 pm

    Yeah, he looks desperate. But just ignore him.

  • Rob Weir November 4, 2012, 2:03 am

    Actually, I’ve seen occasions when a journalist was fooled in this way. One was an article on the Huffington Post, an online article about cost-savings by using open source software. This was a consumer-oriented article, not written by journalists who cover open source normally. They recommended OpenOffice. But after the article was up for a few hours it was changed to say that OpenOffice was no longer being developed and that LibreOffice was the replacement. Of course, after I contacted the author, they changed it back and were embarrassed and apologetic that they had been fooled into changing it in the first place.

    These facts were discussed at the AOO mailing list at the time.

    Oh, and by the way, the article is here:

    It shows a record of the changes.

    So yes, I do think journalists can be trusting and be abused by misleading information fed to them from LibreOffice supporters. I’ve seen it happen. And I don’t think that asking LibreOffice supporters to stop their FUD should be called FUD. That is just more FUD.

  • KeithCu November 20, 2012, 10:14 am

    One of the funniest jokes I’ve heard in weeks is how you call OpenOffice Rob Weir’s pet project. Thanks for the laugh!


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