Microsoft claims that free software like Linux, which runs a big chunk of corporate America, violates 235 of its patents. It wants royalties from distributors and users.Is Microsoft really so desperate that it turns to desperate measures like this? I started my boycott against Microsoft two years ago and I've never had a moment's regret :-).
Here at Sun we strongly believe in open source software and open standards (need proof? see OpenJDK, OpenSolaris, OpenJFX and many others). Why? Because we are convinced that this is one of the things that can make the world a better place.
If you use Microsoft products you might want to look into alternatives which are often far superior. Most of these alternative applications/services are free or even open source. And these are the applications that Microsoft is trying to destroy because they can't find a better way to compete with them.
Check these out just to name a few:
- Java - as an alternative to .NET
- Ubuntu Linux/Solaris/MacOS - as alternatives to MS Windows
- OpenOffice/NeoOffice - as alternatives to MS Office
- Firefox - as an alternative to MS Internet Explorer
- Thunderbird - as an alternative to Outlook
- Miranda/Adium - as an alternative to MSN Messenger
- Google Online Products - as an alternative to MS Live
If you like any of these, don't forget to tell you friends and help us make the world a better place :)