Profile of Matthew McKenzie
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Articles by Matthew McKenzie
posted in February 2008
Linux has a lot of advantages as a desktop operating system. Power management, unfortunately, still is not one of them. But there are plenty of ways to make a Linux system less power-hungry -- and some of the most effective fixes are also some of the easiest.
Microsoft's bid to turn its Office Open XML (OOXML) format into an ISO standard is a bad idea for any number of reasons. One of those reasons, however, strikes me as especially troubling: If OOXML wins ISO approval, it could make life much harder for millions of disabled people who rely upon accessibility-enhancing tools and technologies.
Is there life after Microsoft Office? Today, for the first time in many years, the answer is yes, thanks to OpenOffice.org. Here's a good first step to determine whether this outstanding open-source software suite can help your small business put Microsoft's favorite cash cow out to pasture, once and for all.
People who work with open-source software tend to study Microsoft the way Kremlinologists once studied the Soviet Union: from the outside, and often at a considerable distance. It's a process that requires years of experience, a keen eye for detail -- and above all, a talent for reading between the lines.
What does open-source software mean to you? I see Open Source as a way to beef up your company's bottom line and to beat your competitors -- if it is used effectively.
What is the most important difference between open-source and proprietary software development? That's a secret -- although not in the way that you might think.
Is open-source software more secure than proprietary software? There may be just one company on the planet that can answer that question, and they aren't talking. What they can tell us, however, may be just as interesting -- and perhaps even more disturbing.