@poetgrant LibreOffice is hella ugly, still. Like, it legit looks like MS Office 2003...16 years later
I'm all for FOSS, you know this, but when the alternatives aren't attractive, in a physical office that already looks drab, I'd prefer Office365
Why's it painful for you?
eg docx can be read in rival office suites following Microsoft's OpenXML standard, but Microsoft themselves use a "transitional" variant. They only support old versions of Open Document Format because the EU made them. Etc
@brandon @poetgrant patent holders can sue for "damages" which would include "loss of earnings" from people using the infringing product. Although more likely they'd just patent troll people for "license fees" that are cheaper than fighting a court case.
Also, technically you can sell free software. People with bad Internet connections do buy physical copies, and companies sell products & services around software they sponsor.
@bobstechsite @poetgrant Ah but in that case you're not selling the software but moreso selling the service of putting it into a physical form or selling the service of supporting the software, correct?
And yeah, Microsoft is probably one of the bigger patent trolls out there. I'm surprised LibreOffice isn't facing legal battles yet for the Notebook UI (or whatever they're calling it)
@bobstechsite Also, I don't think there's a patent that actually was granted in the EU yet for that specific application
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