About six months ago, after a chat with some local Linux evangelists, I decided to take the bold step (at least for me it was bold) to download a copy of Open Office.org 2.0. As a long standing user of successive versions of the less than brilliant but workable Microsoft Office package, I wanted to see if it was true that you really can get a professional quality and compatible office productivity package for free.
Jon 'maddog' Hall is a legend in the Linux world. During his 30 year career, the executive director of non-profit Linux advocacy group, Linux International, maddog, as he prefers to be called, has worked and taught with the best of them. He will be in Sydney in late March to present to the inaugural LinuxWorld Australia conference and expo and he thinks Microsoft has a problem. Needless to say, that problem is Linux and Open Source. We caught up with maddog via Skype and he told us all about it.
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